Tad Wakamatsu (タッド若松), Ipy Girl Ipy (イッピーガールイッピー), 1970

Cover with Obi band back and front

Cover with Obi band back and front

 

Ipy Girl Ipy was made during the travels of photographer Tad (Tadashiku) Wakamatsu with actress, model and singer Haruko Wanibuchi (鰐淵晴子). The first 40 pages show the actress with bikers and hippies. This is followed by 34 pages of studio nudes (16 of them printed on transparent paper), and 6 pages of nudes shot on the streets and subways of New York. The book then has a 14 page fashion section which closes with a studio shot of the actress holding a naked black child. The book then takes another unexpected turn and transports the viewer to Nazaré, a coastal village in Portugal. The last 42 pages of the book show fishermen and traditionally dressed locals, mostly at the seaside, with Haruko Wanibuchi appearing sporadically throughout.

Japanese photographer Tad Wakamatsu worked as an assistant in New York, to such luminaries as Richard Avedon, Bert Stern and Hiro (Yasuhiro Wakabayashi) during the 1960s. He returned to Japan in 1970.

Haruko Wanibuchi played a leading role in the 1960 Japanese film Ginrei No Ohja (The king of the silver mountains) starring Austrian skiing idol Toni Sailer. Owing to Sailer’s prominent role, the film was also dubbed into German (Der König der silbernen Berge). As an Austrian myself, it was interesting to discover this connection, and that Haruko Wanibuchi’s mother was apparently also Austrian.

A long-playing record (MCA Records JMC-5018) was released in 1971 also under the title Ipy Girl Ipy. All photographs on the album artwork and accompanying poster are by Tad Wakamatsu.

Layout and editing by Yamamoto Kansai

Published by Heibonsha in 1970

Soft cover with Obi band

140 pages

App. 21.5 x 28.1cm

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Lp cover front with Obi band

Lp cover front with Obi band