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5.0 out of 5 stars the fall and the coming of sin..., 12 Dec. 2008
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This review is from: Princess of Desire (Hardcover)
If you have an appreciation of Japanese culture but would not claim to be an expert - more of an interested observer - a happy amateur - this is for you.
If you also have an appreciation of Japanese women and the way they express their sexuality - attractive, arousing the voyeur in you - this is for you.
If you adore the way the Japanese - both male and female - embrace and practice their sexual preferences(which may ,sometimes, seem so eccentric) - this is for you.
If you were inspired in your early years by Shunga woodcut prints from the Edo period and your interest has been rekindled,refreshed and re-ignited from time to time by your discoveries of the new wave Shunga artists - admirably represented by the likes of Nobuyoshi Araki and now Ken-ichi Murata - this is for you.
Even though these two guys are photographers - they are contemporary artists using the medium of their times to re-interpret,re-imagine the allure, and the erotic sensuality, of the female form.
If in their work they cover off most things that you adore in women - their reserve, their innocence, their reluctance and their pleasure, their pain - this is for you.
Murata captures all in his work - his studies - here centered loosely around folklore and fairytales.
His photographs are brilliantly hand-colored black and white studies of innocence compromised and corrupted.
If you think this is all about elusiveness - then this is for you.
If you think this is about temptation, the fall and the coming of sin - it's for you.
As it is for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Fetishistic Sexuality Will Blow Your Mind!, 19 Dec. 2008
This review is from: Princess of Desire (Hardcover)
This beautiful book picks up where Murata's first book Japanese Princess leaves off. The stunning beauty of his Japanese nymphs is utterly enchanting. But in Princess of Desire we are made privy to a vision that is deeper and perhaps a bit darker. The maidens are lovely, and the hand-painted prints are stellar, almost fantastical, but the fetishistic sexuality is paramount. Urination and even defecation play a role here. But the central feeling here is the posturing of these young women as lavish participants in sexual rituals. And it's quite moving. This is a dreamworld unlike any other and Murata is in full command of his artistic vision throughout this work.

Princess of Desire will amaze all fans of nude, fetish, and art photography and except for a few edgy scenarios, the imagery contained within is absolutely breathtaking. The artist from Osaka, Japan does it again.
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Princess of Desire by Ken-ichi Murata (Hardcover - 10 Sept. 2007)
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