“This work has been mostly withheld from the public as it´s a single work and when complete will be released as a book.”
Artist Mat Brown allowed more of his amazing work to be shown and I strongly, strongly recommend that you view these images in their full size as the detail is just devastating and jaw dropping.
I cannot express how excited I am to see a book coming out.
This is a selection of scans of the infamous ´abnormal´/s&m magazine ´Kitan Club´, started in 1947, and many other/rival publications found through the collection of http://nawa-art.com/.
These magazines were richly illustrated, often contained many stories and of course plenty of rope bondage/S&M photography (ranging from amateur home photography to raw guerrilla photography to extremely delicate high productions).
Many great names are associated to it and many great artists have contributed to this magazine to the point of it becoming known as one of the most important publications of it´s genre.
Some of the artists featured are obscure (and difficult to identify like cover artist of 風俗草紙 Ran Akiyoshi, also found at Feuilleton ), but other well known artists like Kazuhisa Hantei a.k.a. “Gurote Suku”, Chéri Herouard, John Willy, Franz von Bayros, Aubrey Beardsley and Takashi Shima are all in there as are many, many others… you name it (because I can´t).
For more info about the publication of Kitan Club, other publications and the people involved there´s an interview on the extensive http://smdetective.blog126.fc2.com/ with (North American educator, author and authority on the art and history of shibari/kinbaku) Master K where he talks about the magazine´s origin and it´s influence:
Also, more text on the origins of Kitan Club has been written by Merzbow/Masami Akita and can be found here:
Thanks again Rapeblossom for the work shared editing and feeling physically dead for countless hours collecting the damn images…surely no rope could ever live up to this kind of torture.