I finally had a chance to visit a (somewhat) local Bookoff the other day over at Torrance and even if they did have an “Art and Photography” section, it was slightly underwhelming. A majority of the books available focused more on the technical aspects of art and photography rather than showcases from artists themselves. I’d definitely give the edge over to the branches in Japan, especially after I managed to snag a copy of Shinya Arimoto’s “Tibet” and the Shinoyama Kishin issue of Photographica for just a bit over $10.
I should mention that even with the decent prices I found in Tokyo, not everything offered at Bookoff is cheap. I’ve seen a couple of used Araki books that carry pretty hefty pricetags as well.