In this post I share with you 4 of my all time Japanese photobook favorites that you can find on Bildersturm. I hope you will enjoy it!
(1) Keizo Kitajima: Photo Express: Tokyo
Photo Express: Tokyo is a facsimile of the legendary series of twelve booklets published by Japanese photographer Keizo Kitajima on the occasion of his exhibition “Photo Express: Tokyo” at CAMP gallery in Tokyo in 1979.
The booklets were numbered from one to twelve and one was released each month for a year. Each contained sixteen pages of photographs from Kitajima’s legendary nocturnal wanderings in Tokyo.
Keizo Kitajima was born in Nagano, Japan, in 1954, and through working with Daido Moriyama he discovered CAMP gallery in Toyko. Kitajima has exhibited and published extensively throughout his career. In 2001 he created the Photographers’ Gallery in Tokyo as a venue for exhibitions, debates and publishing.
Artist: Ibasho gallery
(2) Yutaka Takanashi: Toshi-e (Towards the City): Books on Books #6
Yutaka Takanashi was born 1935 in Shirogane-cho, Ushigome-ku (today Shinjuku, Tokyo). Study of photography at Nihon University. First works published in Sankei Camera. Darkroom assistant of the photographer Osamu Yagi. 1959-61 Kuwasa Design School. Professional photographer at Nippon Design Center, various awards for his advertising work. Meanwhile personal, non-commercial projects.
1968 founding of the photo magazine Provoke along with Takuma Nakahira, Takahiko Okada, Koji Taki. 1974 first book Toshi-e (Towards the City) which is regarded as a masterpiece of the Provoke era. Working both in black and white and color, his fascination with the spaces and people in urban environments continues in later books like Machi, Tokyo-jin 1978-1983 or Miyako no Kao. 1980 assistant professor, 1982-2000 professor at Tokyo Zokei University of Art and Design. He lives and works in Tokyo (Gallery Priska Pasquer).
By The Way (1)
Pizzicato Five – イッツ・ア・ビューティフル・デイ = It’s A Beautiful Day From The Band Of 20th Century: Nippon Columbia Years 1991-2001 (Columbia, 2019). Link.
(3) Nobuyoshi Araki; Nan Goldin: Tokyo Love – Spring Fever 1994
Tokyo Love is the collaboration between Goldin and Araki, who captured the life of adolescents in Tokyo, documenting the underground youth who defied society’s preordained definitions of beauty, love and sexuality.
Artists: http://www.thecollectiveshift.com/show/portfolio/Nan_Goldin /// http://www.arakinobuyoshi.com/
Publisher: Scalo (1995)
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(4) Takuma Nakahira : Circulation: Date, Place, Events
Takuma Nakahira, a pioneer of modern Japanese photography and a revered writer and critic, was born 1938 in Tokyo. He was encouraged by photographer Shomei Tomatsu to start taking photographs.
He launched the seminal Japanese photography magazine Provoke as “provocative food for thought” together with Koji Taki, Yutaka Takanashi and Takahiko Okada in 1968. His characteristic technique that came to be referred to as are, bure, boke (“rough, blurred and out of focus”) made a major impact on the realm of photography at the time.
In 1971 he participated in the Seventh Paris Biennale for emerging artists from around the world. In his experimental project Circulation: Date, Place, Events Nakahira challenged himself to photograph his surroundings and in the same day exhibit the results for a duration of approximately one week.
By The Way (2)
The Flipper’s Guitar – Young, Alive, In Love – 恋とマシンガン – (Polystar, 1990).
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As part of the festival Shashin: Photography from Japan, on April 26, 2015 the International Center of Photography presented a pop-up bookstore, artist talk, and lecture on Japanese photobooks.
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