PHOTOGRAPHER MONOGRAPHS

PUBLISHER
EDITIONS XAVIER BARRAL

BOOK FORMAT
Hardcover, 9.75 x 13.5 in. / 64 pgs / 28 bw.

PUBLISHING STATUS
PUB DATE 3/31/2015
Forthcoming

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CATALOG: FALL 2013 p. 97   

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ISBN 9782365110280 TRADE
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“In Japanese, the word sei means at least 28 different things, each distinct and definable. In fact, every word, in any language, translates, not as one, but as a whole anthology of meanings.” Alberto Manguel excperted from Yuriko Takagi: Sei

  

EDITIONS XAVIER BARRAL

Yuriko Takagi: Sei

Published by Editions Xavier Barral

Featured image is reproduced from <I>Yuriko Takagi: Sei</I>.This lusciously produced volume examines the multiple meanings deriving from a single word, also exploring how seemingly similar images can be perceived so differently as a result of our personal associations. ‘Sei’ is a Japanese word which, although always pronounced the same, can be represented by no less than 28 kanji characters with a diverse host of meanings: star, voice, blue, sex, energy, death, betrayal, peace of mind, purity. Here, the photographer Yuriko Takagi opens up this semantic cacophony, in depictions of 28 flower buds, each of which is associated with a separate kanji character. Streaked, folded petals, downy pistils, silken stamens, woolly aigrettes: are these flowers, sexual organs, bits of creased taffeta, or puffed-up tissue paper? Takagi’s images are as polymorphic as the kanji that inspired them. Acclaimed writer Alberto Manguel explores the 28 meanings of the word ‘sei’ in the accompanying text.

Featured image is reproduced from Yuriko Takagi: Sei.

Yuriko Takagi: Sei

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