In 1963, controversial author Yukio Mishima and photographer Eikoh Hosoe put the finishing touches on their masterful collaboration Barakei (Killed by Roses), part photographic performance, part surreal portrait of Mishima as both iconoclast and self-mythologist. The original edition, designed by Kohei Sugiura, famously established the touchstone for two subsequent editions in 1971 and 1985. Aperture's 2008 edition faithfully reproduces a facsimile of the 1963 classic, making available once again one of the most infamous and intriguing photo books of the twentieth century. This edition is exquisitely produced by the Japanese art shop NADiff, in close consultation with Eikoh Hosoe. It is published in a limited edition of five hundred copies for Aperture and five hundred copies for NADiff.
Eikoh Hosoe (born in Yamagata Prefecture, Japan, 1933) is an integral part of the history of modern Japanese photography; he remains a driving force not only for his own work, but also for his efforts as a teacher and ambassador, fostering artistic exchange between Japan and the rest of the world.
Pages: 100, 43 tritone images, four illustrations
Size: 10.5 x 16.5 inches
Publication Date: 2008
From an edition of 500. Signed and numbered by the artist
Limited-Edition Book enclosed in custom box and protective wrap
Available from the gallery for $400