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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  • .This book is IN FRENCH. Presentation by Atelier EXB: " This book brings together the photographs that Bruce Gilden took in Japan during two residencies and several trips between 1995 and 1999, presenting both the most iconic and half unpublished. As always, on an impulse of a few fractions of a second, the Magnum photographer approaches his subjects as...

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  • Presentation by Chose Commune: " In 1973, Seiichi Furuya left Japan for Europe on board of the Trans-Siberian train. He arrived in Austria where he first settled in Vienna, before moving to Graz where he met Christine Gössler in 1978. From this day forward, he started photographing her, in the intimacy of their home in Graz but also during their travels...

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  • .NB: Our stock of tote bags has run out, sorry. Presentation by Atelier EXB: " Following the survey monograph, this publication is dedicated to Masahisa Fukase's emblematic series on his two cats: Sasuke and Momoe, combining unpublished and iconic images. In 1977, Fukase turned his lenses on his new companion Sasuke. Growing up with felines, he decides...

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  • Presentation by Fw: Books: " For Issei Suda (1940–2019), photography was a means to document the ordinary and reveal the extraordinary. Traditional country festivals were a favourite subject, but he also saw theatre in Tokyo's street life. Suda had a talent for square format compositions and is known for the technical perfection of his black-and-white...

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  • Presentation by Fondation Antoine de Galbert: " The monographs in this collection titled Un certain désordre are published by the Antoine de Galbert Foundation. Each book, published in a numbered edition of 300, features numerous reproductions of artworks alongside a text written by the artist him or herself. The first edition of this collection is...

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  • Quick view 9mouth
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    Text from the front cover: " Menstrual project started in 2011, in which I took pictures by invading girl's private life with my own sight. And that project kept going till now. The reason why this project called Menstrual is because I took one girl every month at the beginning. The number of girl I shoot increaed in 2012 because of my open attitude....

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  • .Both copies have sold!. .Copies miraculously found in a forsaken box (April 2021)!. Presentation by Akina Books: " Immerse is the final chapter of the Teikai trilogy, started in May 2014 with the release of Linger, followed by Teikai (Wandering at Midnight) in September 2014. « With the blood of the wound, rushing like the river to the sea – oh life...

  • .In stock. Published in March 2021, Flowers Bloom, Butterflies Come is a collaboration between Japanese photographer Miho Kajioka and British musicians Ian Hawgood and Craig Tattersall. This book is already sold out by the publisher, before its actual release! We are offering IIKKI's books since 2018 and we are now also offering the music in physical...

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  • Presentation by Editorial RM: " Born in 1957 in Gamagori, in the Japanese prefecture of Aichi, Masao Yamamoto is a photographer who began his art studies as an oil painter under the supervision of Goro Saito in his hometown. Masao subsequently discovered that photography was the ideal medium for the theme that most interested him: images with the ability...

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    Presentation by Ibasho Gallery: " Mukayu has been Cupido's spiritual guideline during his most recent travels to Japan, resulting in his latest publication. The concept of mukayu is beautifully explained in a quote by the famous Chinese philosopher Zhuangzi, who lived 2,300 years ago: « An empty room will be filled with light because of its emptiness. »...

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  • Presentation by Chose Commune: " A blue sky. A shimmering river. The birth of a new life. These are the first three photographs from Rinko Kawauchi's book As it is. This new body of work returns to Kawauchi's earlier photographic focus on her personal universe through family, memory and time. This book presents a succession of mundane moments and gestures...

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  • Presentation by Libraryman: " The clouds serve as a common denominator in Osamu Yokonami's (b. 1967, Japanese) continued exploration of youth, collectivity and anonymity. The utopian settings in Kumo depict an analogy of the cultural homogenization of society's interconnecting networks; the social system—as a visual metaphor, the strength of a group can...

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  • .Available..PLEASE NOTE: Texts in this book are IN FRENCH ONLY, and we are offering copies of the 2021 reprint of the book which quickly sold out before Christmas 2020. Presentation by Editions Textuel :          [translation by L'Ascenseur Végétal] " A fabulous collective sum, a manifesto, a book of reference. This book includes over 450 images and...

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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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  • .Very last two copies available (book only). 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 website)! We are offering IIKKI's books since 2018 and it is the first time that we...

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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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  • .Copy sold. 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...

  • 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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  • .Very last copy!. 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...

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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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  • .Sold out. 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, which means black in...

  • 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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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.