Face Of Washington Square
Tokyo: Hashimoto Yuyodo, 1965. In photographic wraps. 7 ¼ x 10 ¼ in. Edge wear to wraps and sunning to spine; otherwise, very good. Text in Japanese. Item #4833
Early photobook from Japanese photographer Sumiharu Watanabe, one of the few Japanese photographers to travel to New York in the 1960s.
He worked at Nikon USA between 1962 and 1964, and as a newcomer to the city, wandered the streets with his camera, capturing a changing city landscape through fresh eyes. One of the more underappreciated documents of 1960’s New York, Watanabe masterfully documents Greenwich Village, specifically Washington Square Park, and the people who spent time there. He records daily life: people playing in the fountain, playing music, playing chess, working in storefronts and restaurants, participating in actions and demonstrations, partying, and more. Shots progress from Spring to Winter, giving a naturalistic and lyrical tone to the work.