Muku Youji: Cards

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Slightly off topic for this blog, this is a collection of seventeen cards (about the same size as playing-cards) with kinbaku-illustrations by Muku Youji.

In his book ”The Beauty of Kinbaku” (p. 64), Master K writes about Muku Youji as a ”connoisseur of sophisticated Kinbaku” whose images are ”meticulously drawn down to the last detail”, often first making photos then the actual drawing (here is an example of this: http://www.d-b.ne.jp/yohji/muku/307.jpg ).

UPDATE February 2015: I found out that the whole series consists of 40 cards. I have now managed to get hold of them all and add to the collection.

Muku Youji (Ed.): Nawa to Onna

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Minomura Kou: Beautifully Bound

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”美しき縛しめ / Beautifully Bound” (1953) Rope by Minomura Kou, photos by Tesuzo Tsukamoto. Editor Shigeru Kayama. Called ”the first artistic photo album of bondage published in Japan”. Printrun: 500 copies.

Zetsu has a post about this book, recommended reading:
https://fetlife.com/users/93955/posts/1213149

This book is ”number one” on Master K:s shortlist of ”The 10 Greatest Kinbaku Photography Books Ever Published”, check it out here:
http://www.thebeautyofkinbaku.com/kinbakuandartchap2.html

PS I have now added a full scan of all the images in the book, including a translation of all the text to English, and made a Powerpoint. You can access it here: https://kinbakubooks.wordpress.com/2015/01/21/beautifully-bound-1953-a-presentation/