This time I’m not gonna talk about a Perfume musical release, but about the second official Perfume photobook, which is Perfume Livefolio.
Perfume Livefolio is the second official Perfume photbook, and also the very first close look to the Perfume live activities, with shots from the backstages and the life on the road while touring Japan promoting their successfull 3rd album Triangle. While the previous Perfume Portfolio was focused on on the girls’ image and beauty itself, this one mainly shows the true feeling of living a nationwide tour, with many funny moments during the reharsals, in the backstage and on the stage itself, with a great focus on the girls’ naturalness and expressivity.
Livefolio can also be considered a real document of their final Yokohama shows, the same that has been recorded for their masterpiece Perfume Triangle Tour 2009 DVD, with many shots of all the highlihts of the gigs, displaying at the best their first performances full of effects and a bigger and more spectacular stage than the more simple and underground GAMETOUR; From the epic Edge to the sexier and amazing Kiss and Music performance, this photobook, thanks also to some very appropriated black and white filters, completely shows the true vibe and feeling of living a Perfume concert.
But what makes this photobook excellent is the masterly balance between live shots and the “days-off” of the girls, with many pictures from their tourbus, hotels and also from the places around the venues and the cities they’ve visited during their tour, making this photobook a perfect balance of their more professional side, and the more natural look in the relaxing moments, making it a truly complete portfolio of their life as a group. From an overall point of view, we can say that Perfume Livefolio is the perfect mix between Portfolio and the Live @ Tokyo Dome photobooks, satisfying the fans that want to see not only their life on the stage, but also a bit of their more “fan service” and natural pics. Form an artistic point of view, maybe this is not their best book (Portfolio still remains the best on this point of view), but it’s definitely a must buy anyway for all the fans that want a beautiful document of Perfume’s life as a group.
Number of Pages: 144
Photography by: Kazuaki Seki
Release date: 2009.12.17
Perfume Livefolio is an excellent photobook that represents the most balanced product between the professional Perfume we know on the stage, and the more natural and funny girls we’ve learned to love over the years. Kazuaki Seki made another great work, giving us various moments of the girls’ life on the road and also a lot of stunning pictures representing their beauty at the best; Also, the choice to make it in a vertical format is very appropriated.
Maybe (and I say, maybe) it’s not the first photobook I’d suggest to buy from the girls, but still it remains a must buy for those who want to have a closer look at the girls’ career. Luckily, it’s still really easy to find nowadays for a very reasonable price, making it a great deal for all the fans interested in this kind of merchandise. Links to buy this photobook are just down here!
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