Image: Barakei #32
(Yonezawa, Yamagata, 1933 - )

Barakei #32 , 1961 (printed 2006)

Selenium toned gelatin silver print
7 7/8 in. x 11 7/8 in. (20 cm x 30.16 cm)
Knight Purchase Fund for Photographic Media
Hosoe’s best known series is Barakei (Killed by Roses), a wild yet poetic portrait of Japanese writer Yukio Mishima.  A celebrated intellectual, Mishima wanted to be seen as a “man of the body.”  These prints, too, are non-traditional, incorporating montage, multiple exposures, bleaching and other manipulation.
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