All that now remains before the launching at the Milan Tattoo Convention of our latest book "Kokoro", a photo book on legendary irezumi master Horiyoshi III of Yokohama, is but a few weeks. There was considerable less posting here during the production and design of this project compared to when we were creating "Ryushin", but this was a whole other affair. So much energy went into the design, the selection and editing of photographs and writing. Time just flew by and we worked litterary around the clock the last three weeks before deadline.
As you read this, the printing of "Kokoro" is progressing according to our printers, Fälth & Hässler's, plan, flights and rooms for the Milan Tattoo Convention have all been booked and the finnishing touches to our new banners for the booth have been laid. Now it's just a long wait for those boxes full of boxes to arrive at the Kofuu-Senju office.
We have decided to reveal some of the contents of "Kokoro" here on this blog prior to the launching. The six pages above is accompanied by 194 others in the finnished work. It contains 260+ new photographs in a format similiar to "Ruyshin", but with a few subtle changes to better frame its contents. We chose a different paper and texture for the cover as well as another aproach to what's getting embossed or not on that very same. It was a matter of best bringing out the astounding sumi brushwork from the hand of our subject matter. He painted the callligraphy for the cover before our cameras last summer. It has since then become one of my favourites as far as zen calligraphy goes. You'll see.
Also we chose another paper for the body of the book in order to properly bring out the photgraphic work and give the images justice. We selected the photographs from a pile of about 2000, and it was probably the hardest part of the project. So many favourites had to be left out in order to create a good flow and just the right texture and feel.
This hardcover edition is strictly limited to 550 numbered copies, and to make sure you will be able to obtain a copy it is best to pre-order it. More info on how to go about doing this can be found here.
Hopefully we will see you in Milan 11-13 of february!
/Matti 'Senju' Sedholm Horimatsu
(Photographs by Alex Reinke & Matti Sedholm Japan 2009-2010)