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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  • .Book on pre-order - Shipment beginning on October 3rd.Presentation by Editions Xavier Barral: "Japanese photographer Masahisa Fukase is among the most radical and original of his generation, famous for The Solitude of Ravens, in which these birds of doom, in flocks or alone, blacken the pages cover to cover of his legendary book released in 1986. He also...

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    Presentation by Dienacht Publishing: "NOCTURNES is a unique boxed set of 6 books by the new photography group « AM projects » and published by dienacht Publishing. This book is printed using different papers for each photo essay – one even has an enormous fold-out poster. It is a landmark in photobook production.NOCTURNES is the first « AM » project and...

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  • Presentation by HeHe: "This exhibition catalogue focuses on one theme from his vast oeuvre, his wife Yoko. As Araki himself has said, « It’s thanks to Yoko that I became a photographer. » From their meeting in 1968 until her death in 1990, Yoko was his most important subject. She has continued to be a major influence on his photography even after her...

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  • Quick view Maki
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    Presentation by Zen Foto Gallery : "This latest publication by French photographer Maki includes images taken between 2001 and 2015 during many visits to Japan. The high-contrast black-and-white photos, from streetsnaps to portraits, landscapes and the occasional erotic image, paint a manifold picture of Maki’s extensive experience of Japan while...

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  • Quick view Suzuki, Mayumi
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    Presentation by Ceiba Editions : "This outstanding dummy tells, visually, the story of the loss of the photographer's parents in the 2011 tsunami that occurred in Japan. The jury found the visual story and the narrative very powerful, and also perceived the struggle in finding an adequate way of telling the story of a personal loss of such magnitude. With...

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  • Presentation by Zen Foto :   "Tokyo Rumando's new body of work S incorporates theatrical elements, which transform her self-portraits from a story into a play, performed at ther own stage theatre, leading the viewer into another time and space..«  S is Story     She=S     S=Sexualviolet     S is es     S is Sandglass     Sayonara S »          -- Tokyo...

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  • Presentation by Akina Books : " « Kagerou : the heat haze, a lake in the desert, decay heat powered by the nuclear radiation, invisible, pervasive. It was 12 March 2011. The day after Fukushima nuclear disaster, I woke up in a shrouded Tokyo: the cityscape looked blurred and twisted. Nobody else seemed to notice: for 37 million people it was business as...

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  • Presentation by Zen Foto Gallery : "Yokushiroku  is the first photobook publication by Kouhei Hirose, whose work has been exhibited by notable Tokyo photo galleries for several years. Hirose’s style of photography - or rather of making prints - immediately stands out: through experimentation with chemicals during the printing process, Hirose adds an...

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  • Presentation by Case Publishing : "Takuma Nakahira's series Overflow was originally presented as an installation during the 1974 exhibition « Fifteen Photographers Today » (National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo). The work consisted of 42 color photographs that were arranged on a wall 6 meters wide and 1.8 meters high. The photobook Overflow is the first...

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  • Presentation by Case Publishing:  "Remote Past a Memoir 1951-1966 has been published in conjunction with the third Daikanyama Photo Fair, for which his woks have served as the main visuals. The photobook focuses on the years 1951 -1966, an early period during which Kawada established his own photographic voice, and features works - highly regarded by the...

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  • Excerpts from the text by Shoko Hashimoto :    [adapted by L'Ascenseur Végétal] "Nishiyama Onsen was packed with pleasure trippers. This healing hot spring is in the Yamanashi Prefecture, on a tributary of the Fuji River. People would come from nearby Yamanashi and Shizuoka, but also parties of local ladies returning from homes in the suburbs of Tokyo and...

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  • .In stock.Presentation by Zen Foto Gallery :  "Masaki Yamamoto’s highly anticipated first photobook presents one of the most daring family portraits in Japanese photography. Shot entirely in his family’s tiny apartment, with walls yellowed from cigarette smoke, broken doors and trash covering the ground, Yamamoto’s unashamed, uncompromising...

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  • From the back cover:   "Nobuyoshi Araki's Tokyo gathers twenty-eight exquisite diptychs by the artist from the 1970s. As one of Araki's first independent book projects, Tokyo is the prelude to his searing and ongoing exploration of life and the urban space of his hometown. More than forty years after the first edition, Tokyo is being republished - as a...

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  • Quick view Collectif
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    .Currently out of stock.Presentation by André Frère éditions: "Eyes Wild Open, on a trembling photography, 70 years of photography, almost 30 prestigious photographers,  17 nationalities. Eyes Wild Open highlights the relationships that exist between several generations of photographers whose practice is as intuitive as it is abrupt or transgressive....

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  • Quick view d'Agata, Antoine
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    Presentation by Super Labo :       "The book Self-Portraits 1987-2017 by Antoine d’Agata reveals a journey of the man-photographer from the origins of his practice to the present day, and presents to us the monumental iconography of a body of work that has been developing slowly from a visual diary begun in Mexico in the 80s to the moving image and the...

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  • Presentation by Session Press :     "One of the most influential photographers of our time, Nobuyoshi Araki is known for his diaristic style through the publication of over 500 books throughout his career. It is, however, less known that Araki had explored experimental film projects since the mid 80s. In 1986 at Cinema Rise in Tokyo, Araki staged a live...

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  • Presentation by Alauda Publications :   "A hallucinatory night walk in the outskirts of Tokyo, where sleepy suburbia emerges as otherworldly dreamscape. The occasional eerie appearance of a girl evokes riveting imageries: could this be the backdrop for a nocturnal crime scene? Or are we drawn into a tale of irretrievable loss and love?"92 pages -...

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  • Title in Japanese :  列車がきます Presentation by Antoine Leblond : "After several years photographing Japan, my initial admiration - a generic one - transformed into a specific interest for the rail roads. High-speed trains (shinkansen), express (tokkyu), semi-express (juntokkyu), local lines (futsu), private lines (shitetsu), metro lines, etc. The rail...

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  • Presentation by The Velvet Cell: " « My goal is to create work in which every photograph is independent. This idea never changes. It is not my aim to depict for the purposes of explanation, or to illustrate with my photographs.Infrastructure is the main subject of my photography. Often, infrastructure is treated as a burden on society, being recognised as...

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  • Quick view Sluban, Klavdij
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    .One copy available.Presentation on the Académie des Beaux-Arts website (where the series was on display in the Fall 2016) : "Divagation, sur les pas de Bashô est un parcours poétique inspiré par les voyages entrepris par Matsuo Bashô au XVIIe siècle à travers le Japon féodal. Klavdij Sluban a transcrit photographiquement le voyage initiatique de Bashō,...

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  • Publihser's presentation: "Japan’s southernmost prefecture, Okinawa, hosts a concentration of US military bases unlike anywhere outside the continental United States. More than half the 50,000 US troops stationed in Japan are based here. On the main island of Okinawa nearly 20% of the land is occupied by these bases. This large US military footprint, and...

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  • Publisher's presentation:   [ Translation from Japanese by Japanese bookshop / distributor Shashasha] "Life expressed through the remains of art. The latest extreme work by world-renowned photographer Antoine d’Agata. Following his sold-out success work Antibodies, Aka Ana (lit. red hole) is the latest series by French photographer Antoine d’Agata. It was...

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  • Publisher's presentation: "The fourth and final edition of the photobook classic. Once again better, more dense, more beautiful, more oppressive than all predecessors. With Tokyo Compression Michael Wolf struck a nerve. His portraits of people who are on their way in the Tokyo subway, constrained between glass, steel and fellow travelers, have won many...

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  • Publisher's presentation: "Masako Tomiya is a photographer originally from the region of Aomori, north Japan. She has lived in Tokyo for years, and one day, she received news that her sister and sister-in-law, who live near her hometown, were both pregnant. This news inspired Tomiya’s series Kito, a reflection on identity, family, transmission and the...

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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.