HOSOE, Eikoh, photographer (b.1933)
Flowers of Evil. Les Fleurs du Mal. Poems by Charles Baudelaire, translated from the French & with an introduction by John Wood. Photographs and an Afterword by Eikoh Hosoe
South Dennis, Massachusetts: Steven Albahari, 21st Editions, printed by Michael Russem and Mollie Zanoni at the Kat Ran Press, . Square folio. (18 x 15 inches). 11 platinum prints signed by the photographer (10 tipped into the book onto hand-made black paper, 1 free-standing within the publisher's folder), printed by Stan Klimek for Eikoh Hosoe. Composed in Monotype Walbaum by Michael & Winifred Bixler.
Black leather-backed matte black anodized aluminum boards, with Japanese title printed in glossy black on the upper cover, designed and bound by Peter Geraty at the Praxis Bindery. Publisher's red silk covered box.
One of sixty-five numbered copies signed by the artist, editor and publisher.
From the publisher: "Eikoh Hosoe's platinum prints of strikingly rendered forms and sensuous embraces resonate with potent emotional power. This selection of classic images by Japan's most revered photographer are united with the words of 19th-century French poet Charles Baudelaire, a major influence on Hosoe. Baudelaire's poems were said to have sent 'a new shiver' through the art world, which is exactly what Eikoh Hosoe's photographs did a century later. Presented in a hand-crafted binding, Hosoe's images and Baudelaire's poems in a new translation by John Wood offer collectors an array of sensual and intellectual experiences."