Go Itami 'Photocopy'
Published by Tokyo Underground Art/Music/Publishing Platform Rondade.
Producing around 1 book a year, Rondade titles are Photo-book design at it's best and are rarely seen outside of Japan.
This follows Go Itami's previous celebrated title with Rondade 'This Years Model'.
Book Size 370 x 268 mm, 132 pages, 68 images, Plug Binding, Hardcover
Limited Edition 1000 (each book is individual and has it's own unique sequence of images)
— statement by the publisher
"How can we, when composing a photo book, prevent the order of pictures from suggesting any stories or intentions behind it? In what structure can a book present each image as just merely one of those equivalently different images it contains?
This time, we chose to give a different photograph order to each copy of the book, so that all the copies, with no same compositions, are in fact different books while sharing the same front cover. Each “book,” as a result, has a unique sequence and therefore gives a different impression to the reader.
Normally, a photo book is designed to lead the reader to a certain feel and also to convey the photographer’s intent. However, we decided not to take this direction, venturing on what this would make possible and visible, because we thought that this way, each photograph selected for this book could go beyond our ideas when perceived by the viewer.
What Itami wants to present is nothing more than the visual elements incorporated in the photographic image. His photographs are an accumulation of images that were in front of his camera. We conceived the structure of this book so that it would resonate with the photographer’s attitude toward photographing. This photo book, titled “photocopy,” was created to make the act of viewing photographs as simple as possible, enabling us to look at each image attentively."