Tokyo: Tohjusha, 1983. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's printed textured paper wraps, french flaps, beige textured endpapers, original photo-illustrated dust jacket.
Collection of black-and-white photo portraits of dozens of New York-based women artists, writers, designers and others, by Japanese photographer Matsumoto, inscribed by her. Matsumoto established herself primarily as a photographer of women in the late 70s with a solo show of portraits of Yoko Ono, followed soon after by one of French-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle. Inspired by an exhibit of Judy Chicago's "The Dinner Party" during a 1980 trip to New York, Matsumoto set out to meet and photograph as many creative New York women as she could: "I was able to see almost a hundred women, every one of them maintaining her strength through being a woman rather than denying it... Radiance, sorrow, and loneliness were on their faces – faces sculpted by their own efforts at confronting life, at standing firm to live" (from the afterword). Subjects in the present collection include Chicago, Laurie Anderson, Toni Morrison, Lynda Benglis, Ntozake Shange, art critic Lucy Lippard, sexologist Shere Hite, gallerist Paula Cooper, Elaine de Kooning, Betsey Johnson, choreographer Trisha Brown, Louise Nevelson, bookseller Shirley Walton-Fischler, Kate Millet, and many more. Texts by Matsumoto about each of her subjects in Japanese, afterword in English and Japanese; with an index. Inscribed by Matsumoto in Japanese and dated 1983.8.16. on the title-page. Small abrasion to rear free endpaper, light creasing to upper edge of unclipped dust jacket. Near fine. Uncommon. Item #848