A Selection of Japanese Photobooks (Maggs Bros Ltd, 2009)

The public profile of the Japanese photobook has recently boomed. It has been central to the development of Japanese photography, particularly in its postwar phase.
So I was pleased to find a digital catalogue by Maggs Bros Ltd which presents a selection of Japanese Photobooks.

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Mari Katayama: Gift (United Vagabonds, 2019)

Mari Katayama is born in Saitama, Japan in 1987 and raised in Gunma. She graduated from the Gunma Prefectural Women’s University, before obtaining her MFA from the Tokyo University of the Arts in 2012. Gift is a retrospective of her past works and evolution as an artist.

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Keizo Kitajima: USSR 1991 // European Diary 1983-1984 (Little Big Man, 2012//2019)

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.

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Terry Bennett: Early Japanese Images (Tuttle Publishing, 1996)

This book reproduces over 140 images taken between 1853 and 1905 by the most important local and foreign photographers then working in Japan. Important features of Early Japanese Images include a historical overview of the years 1853-1912 and the story of early Western photographers in Japan.

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Yoshinori Mizutani: Tokyo Parrots (Amana, 2014)

Yoshinori Mizutani (1987) graduated from the Tokyo College of Photography in 2012. He has won a number of prestigious awards including Japan Photo Award in 2013.

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Shintaro Sato: Night Lights, The Origin of Tokyo and Geography

Shintaro Sato was born in Tokyo in 1969. He graduated from the Tokyo College of Photography in 1992 and has worked as a freelance photographer since 2002.

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Takuma Nakahira : Circulation: Date, Place, Events (Osiris, 2012)

In 1971 photographer Takuma Nakahira 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.

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Kazuyoshi Usui and his Showa Trilogy

Japanese photographer Kazuyoshi Usui began his Showa project series in the early 2000s, in the midst of Japan’s Heisei era. Usui’s series imagines a world in which Japan’s Showa era did not end in 1989 but continued until today.

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Lena Fritsch: Ravens and Red Lipstick – Japanese Photography since 1945 (Thames & Hudson, 2018)

This volume provides one of the first overviews of Japanese photography to be published in English. Drawing on extensive research, Lena Fritsch traces the development of Japanese photography chronologically, from the severity of post-war Realism to the diverse ingenuity of photography in contemporary Japan. Lena Fritsch is Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the…

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Mao Ishikawa: Morika’s Dreams – A Port Town Elegy – Red Flower, The Women of Okinawa

Mao Ishikawa was born in 1953 in Ôgimi Village, in the northern part of Okinawa. She started her photography career in a workshop guided by the famous Japanese photographer Tômatsu Shômei, in Tokyo in 1973.

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Shinya Arimoto: Tibet (Zen Foto Gallery, 2019)

Tibet is the new edition of Shinya Arimoto’s first and long out-of-print photobook Portrait of Tibet (published by Visual Arts, 1999), including a number of previously unpublished works.

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Nobuyoshi Araki: Skyscapes (Codax Publisher, 1999)

Nobuyoshi Araki (b. 1940 in Tokyo) worked in advertising after completing his studies in photography and film at Chiba University in Tokyo, devoting himself exclusively to photography as of the mid-1960s. His oeuvre spans erotic portraits of women, artificial still-lifes, photographs of plants, documentary-style depictions of everyday life, and architectural photography but also very personal, diaristic photographs of himself and his deceased wife Yoko.

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