[PHOTOGRAPHY] KIMURA Sôhachi, text SUZUKI Yoshikazu. GINZA KAIWAI GINZA HATCHO. Tôkyô, Tôhô Shobô, Square 8vo., 2 volumes. Important and well known early postwar essay and photo-essay together. The text, embellished with woodblock prints and halftone illustrations, traces the history of the upscale Ginza shopping district, back to the beginning of the city of Edo [Tôkyô]. It was written by Kimura, a very important visual artist and essayist of the time. The photoessay is remarkably similar to Ruscha's famous EVERY BUILDING ON THE SUNSET STRIP, which he published some 12 years later. Photographed by Suzuki Yoshikazu, I would find it hard to believe that it did not provide the inspiration for Ruscha's later work. The buildings on the Ginza frame the conceptual "road" that lies between the two sides of the street, much as the buildings on the banks frame the river in Hokusai's iconic "Sumidagawa Ryôgan Ichiran". Complete, the text in its slipcase and both volumes enclosed in the original shipping box with title label. The outer box is worn, with a bit of foxing, as usual, very good overall. Complete, as issued. .