GERIBARA 5. Mizugi no Yangu Redii-Tachi; [with:] Benjo; [and:] Five Girls. (Tokyo): (Fukushu-Shudan, Geribara 5), (1971); (1971); (1972).

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GERIBARA 5. [Nobuyoshi Araki et al].
Mizugi no Yangu Redii-Tachi [Bathing Beauties]; [with:] Benjo [Toilet]; [and:] Five Girls.
(Tokyo): (Fukushu-Shudan, Geribara 5), (1971); (1971); (1972).

[Benjo:] 4to (254 × 182 mm), pp.[104]. 104 black-and-white photographs. Side-stapled in photo-illustrated wrappers; marks to first and last pages where adhered to inside wrappers. Signed by Araki in black ink on cover. An excellent copy.

[Mizugi no Yangu Redii-Tachi:] 4to (256 × 183 mm), pp.[104]. 306 black-and-white photographs. Side-stapled in photo-illustrated wrappers. Fine.

[Five Girls:] 4to (251 × 181 mm), pp.[124]. 84 black-and-white photographs. Side-stapled in photo-illustrated wrappers; light oxidation around staples as usual, split and two short closed tears to spine. An excellent copy.

First editions, of the three books produced by Geribara 5 [The Diarrhoea-Shit Reproductive Collective of 5], a group which consisted of Araki, Yoshio Takase, Koji Yaehata, Naohosia Tabogami, Fukuo Ikeda, and Tomoko 'Miss Geribara' Kamiguchi which flourished briefly in the early 1970s. Benjo contains a series of photographs taken in Tokyo restrooms of the toilets and attendant graffiti. Each page of Mizugi no Yangu Redii-Tach contains three photographs showing different young women on the beach in bathing suits. Below each photograph is the girl's address and telephone number, half of which are allegedly made up, the rest genuine according to Shuji Terayama, who apparently tried phoning all of them. The last book, Five Girls, contains photographs of five models posing in various styles.

The Photobook: A History vol.I 296; Araki: Self, Life, Death 694; A Book of Araki Books! 1970-2005 46-9.


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