Japan

Japan is a prominent country in photography today, and especially regarding the desiging and  publishing of photography books; this position is not recent. Since the post-war period in particular, Japanese photographers, publishers and designers have been very productive and very innovative in the design of photography integrated into a book ob...
Japan is a prominent country in photography today, and especially regarding the desiging and  publishing of photography books; this position is not recent. Since the post-war period in particular, Japanese photographers, publishers and designers have been very productive and very innovative in the design of photography integrated into a book object, with particular attention to the manufacture, layout, papers, bindings, slipcases and boxes...
For example, some still think that Ed Ruscha's book Every Building on the Sunset Strip (self-published, 1966) is the first photobook in Leporello format ("accordion binding"), while the book Ginza Kaiwai / Ginza Haccho by Yoshikazu Suzuki & Kimura Shohachi, with two panoramas on two separate accordions from Tokyo's Ginza district, was released by Toho-Shuppan, Tokyo in 1954, 12 years earlier!
Great Japanese photographers have become known through their books and collaborations, between photographers on the Provoke magazine project (three volumes in 1968 and 1969, created by Takuma Nakahira and Yukata Takanashi among others, and a collaboration with Daido Moriyama, etc.) or with renowned designers such as Eikoh Hosoe's Kamaitachi casing by Tadanori Yokoo (published by Gendai Shicho Sha, Tokyo, 1969).


Japanese photography, and the Japanese edition of photography books, are still extremely dynamic today. Only a small part of the books published in Japan are available in bookstores around the world, but many photographers - like their elders Daido Moriyama and Nobuyoshi Araki who still publish with the same regularity - are today recognized and widely followed beyond Japan.

Examples include Rinko Kawauchi, Koji Onaka, Atsushi Fujiwara, Toshio Shibataand more recently Daisuke Yokota and Kazuma Obara.

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  • Presentation of the Seasons Series collection by Libraryman: " Seasons Series is a quarterly book series, in which a group of artists are brought together under one vision with a focus on each artist’s singular way of seeing. Each of the books in the series will focus on differing subjects and all monographs will showcase the artist’s unique approach to...

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  • .This book is on pre-order and will start shipping around October 10th. .No more LPs or CDs, and last copies of the book! Published in September 2020, Sasanami is a collaboration between photographer Masao Yamamoto and musician Akira Uchida. This book is almost sold out with the publisher before its release (notification of "last copies" on their...

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  • Presentation by Witty Books: " « I am like a waiter who was given a special identity. At this time, I may be a stranger, perhaps a maker of taste and emotion, maybe a peeper next door, maybe just a recorder using a camera to invade others. The young flesh came in and out. Our communication was limited to the narration of the shutter’s sound and an...

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  • Presentation by Mandarake: " It's been six years since Dildo (2013) and Bible (2014), both published by Session Press in New York. With no advertising or publicity, Momo Okabe's works have become highly acclaimed and have won various national and international awards. After that, Momo Okabe kept her distance from the contemporary photographic scene and...

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  • Presentation by Case Publishing: " This catalogue accompanies Luigi Ghirri's solo exhibition « Works from the 1970s » at Taka Ishii Gallery and is centered around photographs created during the 1970s, arguably Ghirri's most important creative period. By redefining photography as a concept and as an act, Ghirri's work has played an important role in...

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  • Presentation by Session Press: " We Have No Place to Be (originally published by Soshisha in 1982) launched Hashiguchi's illustrious 40-year career, and remains widely regarded as one of the photographer's seminal early works. This new edition from Session Press, supervised and edited by Hashiguchi himself, is comprised of 139 black and white...

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  • Presentation by Chose Commune: " The story behind 78 tells of a promise kept after the passing of the Japanese master of photography Issei Suda, to publish a book with an original approach. Although the project originated in January 2019, 78 presents a selection of unseen photographs selected from the Suda archive in November 2019. Shot between 1971 and...

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  • Presentation by Editiorial RM & Kazuma Obara: " Thirty years have passed since the world's worst nuclear accident, which occurred at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant (ChNPP) in the former Soviet Union (now Ukraine). Photojournalist Kazuma Obara traveled in Ukraine from February 2015 to April 2016. His project titled « 30 » portrays people with a...

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  • Presentation by T&M Projects:     [adapted by L'Ascenseur Végétal] " Anders Petersen photographed Okinawa, the island in southern Japan famous for its traditional Ryukyu culture, beautiful beaches, and American bases; it is his first series made in an Asian country. He was invited by the European Eyes on Japan project in 2000 for a three-week...

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  • .Copy sold!. Presentation by the publisher: " The very first photobook by legendary Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama, Japan: A Photo Theater, is finally available again in a renewed edition. Originally published in 1968 – the year which also saw the launch of the influential Provoke magazine – the book already demonstrates Moriyama's trademark visual...

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  • .Sold out. Portraits and nudes by Lin Zhipeng. The book is designed as a choice between hidden (over-pixelated) images, and the « normal » images that are accessible only by cutting the paper of the Japanese binding (uncut pages). The book comes with a C-Print signed by the artist. This book is sold out and hard to find. We are offering our last copy,...

  • Presentation by T&M Projects:  " It was the summer of 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand, that Shiga photographed couples on motorbikes. In this city Shiga exchanged glances with hundreds and thousands of people on the back seat of motorbikes. The camera seemed to be the ideal tool for getting closer to that strange feeling of receiving glances without...

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  • Presentation by Akaaka (excerpt):  " In 2009, Lieko Shiga moved to Kitakama, a coastal town in Japan's Tōhoku region [north of the main island of Honshū], where she began working as the town's official photographer. This move marked a significant turning point for Shiga, and RASEN KAIGAN collects this new body of work into a book. Shiga's photographs...

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  • Presentation by Roshin Books: " A deep fog usually envelops Mount Kirigamine (literally « Summit of Fog »). Once the mountain is covered by the fog, all boundaries disappear, and the fog seems to extend into infinity. A while ago, the mountain was home to a ski resort, large enough to include two ski jumping platforms. The mountain was a candidate to...

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  • Presentation by akaaka :  " Emi Anrakuji's Balloon Position, through a Cyclopean gaze, literally the artist's vision, impaired by suffering a brain tumour, attempts to reconstruct the shattered self that was suspended between conflicting internal and external chaos. Life near death, eternal rainfall, the artist gives herself to the construction of a...

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  • Presentation by Nazraeli Press: " For over thirty years, Michael Kenna has photographed temples, shrines, gardens, seascapes and landscapes, in black and white, throughout Japan. Ten years ago, he also began to photograph female nudes in various locations in Japan. A selection of these photographs was unveiled to the public for the first time at Paris...

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  • .Only the "Trade" is now available. Presentation by Ceiba: " « My father was a bit plump, he looked grumpy and didn't laugh much in front of me. As time passed by, he became smaller and smaller. Long after I left home to live on my own, my father bought a black dog. Its belly was partly white, which contrasted with its body. The doggy's name is Kuro,...

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  • Presentation by T&M Projects: " During his long career, Masao Yamamoto has created works that carefully pick up familiar animals, plants, landscapes, and other small things that are likely to be overlooked. The photos have been brewed into beauty with delicate breathing and a sense of tension by a superlative monochrome technique. This Bonsai -...

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  • Presentation by Ceiba: " « The structure of the dummy reveals an eclectic use of notebook style and a very thorough research. The dummy deals with the emotional cries of children raised in abusive homes. The jury was impressed by the way Miki Hasegawa approached this extremely difficult subject matter. A book not easy to digest but nonetheless very...

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  • .Back in stock. Presentation by Radius Books: " For his notorious Park photos, taken by night in Tokyo's Shinjuku, Yoyogi, and Aoyama parks during the 1970s, Kohei Yoshiyuki used a 35mm camera, infrared film and flash to capture a secret community of lovers and voyeurs. His pictures document the people who gathered in these parks at night for clandestine...

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  • Presentation by Nakladatelství wo-men (excerpts): "The book Černé roky (The Black Years) introduces the authentic photographic and literary journals of the influential underground photographer Libuše Jarcovjáková, also known as the Czech Nan Goldin. Spanning the years 1971–1987, the journals wring out the black-and-white everydayness of Prague, Berlin...

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  • Presentation of an exhibition of the project at Salon Nikon, Tokyo (2008) : Text taken from the website Tokyo Art Beat "Goats are the spitting image of Okinawa. Although they have a mild temper and a fairly gentle personality, they are killed and eaten in the end for their fine flavor. The title of the exhibition is a sort of symbol for Okinawan history...

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  • Presentation by Editions Xavier Barral: "This publication tells the story of young man, Daiki, whose life was entirely dedicated to his grandmother, Yukimi. Fascinated and deeply touched by this unique relationship, photographer Akihito Yoshida, cousin of Daiki and also grandchild of Yukimi, decides to narrate this story. He photographs the daily life and...

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  • Presentation by the(M) éditions: " « Right after the Fukushima nuclear plant accident, I found a blog about peacocks that were left in the evacuation zone, within the 20km limit. I started imagining those peacocks, walking around the empty town with their beautiful wings spread. The image I had in my mind seemed so far away from what was going on in...

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    Presentation by Imageless: "This photobook is the fifth monograph of Japanese photographer Koji Onaka, its first edition was published in 2003, and the current  version  is  the  third  edition.  Koji  Onaka  compares  a  boat's  sailing  to  his  way  of  life  and  photography,  and  this  book of 84 black and white photographs recording his life and...

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  • .Back in stock - Unsigned copies only.Presentation by United Vagabonds:  "GIFT is a retrospective of her past works and evolution as an artist. Born with only two fingers on her left hand and tibial hemimelia, a rare deficiency in which one leg bone is absent, Katayama got both her legs amputated at the age of nine, and has since then transcended her...

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  • Presentation by Morel Books: "CTY brings together a large selection of Antony Cairns' oeuvre from his various cities/projects in London, Las Vegas, Tokyo and Osaka, (including LDN3, LDN4, LPT and OSC), interspersed with 6 texts by Simon Baker (former senior curator of photography, TATE, London, and Director of Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris)....

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  • .Two copies available. Presentation by The Gould Collection: "Hypermarché – Novembre, the third volume in The Gould Collection, partners Japanese photographer Motoyuki Daifu with French writer Michel Houellebecq to critically explore themes of love, pain, family and daily life.Through a probing and often humorous lens, Tokyo-based Motoyuki Daifu’s...

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    .Available.New facsimilé edition of the 3 volumes of the seminal Provoke magazine initially published in November 1968, March 1969 and August 1969, widely considered the cornerstone of the new Japanese photography in the 1970s and beyond. This magazine was created by critic & photographers Kōji Taki and Takuma Nakahira, photographer Yutaka Takanashi,...

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  • .Back in stock. Presentation par 10x10 Photobooks:   ".About How We See With historical records establishing 19th-century British photographer Anna Atkins’s Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions (1843-1853) as the first photobook, it is not surprising that women have consistently contributed to the rich history of photobook making. 10×10...

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    Dark Cities is a self-published project in a thin-cardboard folder containing 3 books that are 3 perceptions of Singapore, Tokyo and Seoul through the « lens » of a specific and unusual location: a carpark (01 - Carpark), a run-down tower (02 - Capsule), an old city quarter (03 - Euljiro).  The original training as architect of the artist Shyue Woon is...

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  • .Back in stock. Presentation by Łukasz Rusznica: "When traveling to Japan, I knew one thing only — I wanted to take pictures based on Japanese mythology; I wanted to photograph the Yokai — the monsters of legend. Photography came as the result of working in new surroundings; it was the end process of meeting people and building relationships — this is...

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Three photo books that are milestones in the history of Japanese photography

There is a wide array of photobooks to chose from, not an easy task! But some of the most important Japanese photography books include:

-          Chizu / The Map by Kikuji Kawada (Bijutsu Shuppansha, 1965), a complex book published for the 20th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing, which traces, between abstraction and realism, the post-Japanese war and, among others, the very peculiar relationship with the United States.

-          Kitarubeki kotoba no tame ni / For a Language to Come by Takuma Nakahira (Fudosha, 1970 and Osiris, 2010) and Daido Moriyama's Sashin yo Sayonara / Bye Bye Photography (Shashin Hyoron-sha, 1972which reproduce some of the photographs published in Provoke and contrast completely with the pre-existing photographic language, leaving aside the technique, for the energy of the moment, and sometimes violence or banality.

-          Karasu / Ravens / Solitude of Ravens by Masahisa Fukaseoriginally published in 1986 by Sokyusha, then Bedford Arts / Chronicle Books, 1991, then Rat Hole, 2008 and finally Mack, 2017. A book on the mourning of a relationship break up, on the return to his origins to find a meaning in life, and the raven as an omen, an augur, as a symbol of distress and melancholy.