Sokyu-sha. Tokyo. 2002. First edition. Signed by Miyako in red ink to front free endpaper. Hardback, octavo; red paper-covered boards with red foil design and titles to boards, card slipcover with cut-out. 56 pages. 40 b&w and 8 colour photographs. Japanese & English. 195 x 140mm. 0.25kg. . Fine.
'What I have now are only the things that my mother left behind for me. I bring them out into the light one by one, to sear their image onto photograph, as a farewell to her.'
Following the death of her mother, Japanese photographer Miyako Ishiuchi produced a series of images documenting her parent's personal effects. Photographs of lipsticks, lace camisoles, and slippers are interspersed with close-up shots of her mother's scars. Ishiuchi's 'Mother's' project is a meditation on her grief and the reconnection she achieved through photographing her mother's possessions.
[Parr & Badger. The Photobook: A History Volume II. P.320]