Benjo / Toilet - Nobuyoshi Araki, Yoshio Takese, Koji Yaehata, Naohosia Tabogami, Fukuo Ikeda, Tomoko Kamiguchi
Nobuyoshi Araki, Yoshio Takese, Koji Yaehata, Naohosia Tabogami, Fukuo Ikeda, Tomoko Kamiguchi
Benjo / Toilet.
Large 8vo. (264 x 192 mm), [104pp.] black and white plates. Original paper wrappers with black and white photographs on upper and lower sides. From an edition of 1000 copies. Tokyo: Fukushu-Shudan Geribara-5, 1971.
Lightly soiled and upper corner creased.
The first of three books published by the infamous Geribara 5, a group of radical publishers that followed in the wake of Provoke. Benjo is a series of photographs taken in bathrooms - a ridiculous and disgusting close-up view on sanitation as well as a celebration of toilet graffiti. Parr and Badger write "Benjo (Toilet), is one of those photobooks that startles simply by virtue of its subject-matter. It may be regarded as either a brilliant post-Duchampian exercise in neo-Dada camp, or a schoolboy scatological joke – or both."