This publication is a revised and redesigned reprint of the book 1993 – 1996 by Ryudai Takano (b. 1963, Japanese), first published in 2006.
Stretching back to the late 1830s, the nude is one of photography’s earliest genres. Yet despite its longevity, it has evolved little over time, remaining governed by three central tenets: the drama of black and white is preferred to more naturalistic color; it is primarily the female body that is depicted; and finally, whether the body is male or female, the nude photograph is almost always made by and for the male gaze.
With (ca.ra.ma.ru), one of his earliest bodies of work, Takano Ryudai took a first step onto a well-trodden and often overly narrow path. Photographed in multiple sittings—or rather performances for the camera—over the course of three years, the series began from a simple premise: an invitation by the photographer to a group of Butoh dancers to embody karamaru (to be entangled). He provided no further indications or instructions, allowing them to find their own way into this idea.
Excerpt from the foreword written by curator, writer and editor Marc Feustel (b. 1978)
First edition of 700 copies. Special edition of 30 copies, numbered, in paperboard slipcase, screen printed in white, with signed original print.
Ryudai Takano : ca.ra.ma.ru
21,5 x 26 cm. 64 pages. 35 color plates. Offset printed clothbound hardcover. Linen thread bound. Beige headband. Authentic tip-in image on front cover. Typography on spine and back cover in white foil.