I am glad to be here with you again & to be able to share some of my insight & daily inspiration!
I decided to showcase the work of some of my favourite Japanese photographers. Although I am not considering myself as one, by producing the magazine, working on everything from the layout, interviews including the photography work, the pleasure to learn about your tools, working in various ways, the process of digging your own stuff (cameras for example) & learn about how it supposed to work is definitely something that I find exciting.
01. Ikei Kimura
Ihei Kimura established his studio, in 1924, in Tokyo and often travelled to Paris, first as an assistant to Werner Bichof but also after having been invited by Robert Capa and, then, in 1955, by Robert Doisneau. The Japanese photographer depicted the informality and beauty of everyday life in his country, mostly in black and white. In Paris, he decided to use color, capturing the festivities of the 14th of July, typical cafés and wanderers. Used to observing the French capital’s 1950s atmosphere in black and white, spectators are invited in an unusual colorful space that diffuses an almost surreal and magical feel that reminds us of when young children ask their grandparents if their life was in black and white in the old days.
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—001. Teihon Kimura Ihei
Featuring famous works from before and after the war as well as previously unpublished and unknown photographs, Teihon is the definitive collection of a master photographer whose works have been hard to obtain. The streets and the people of Japan’s Showa period come back to life in Kimura’s photos. A must-have item for fans, collectors and libraries, with a detailed chronological record [in Japanese] and location information for each photographs.
Gocho Shigeo was born November 2nd, 1946, as the second son of a hardware merchant in the district of Kamo (now the City of Kamo) of Minamikanbara County in Niigata prefecture. After falling ill with Pott’s disease (vertebral tuberculosis) at the age of 3, he spends nearly a whole year in bed. In his teens, several of his works get selected for various art and poster exhibitions. In 1965, after graduating from the Niigata Prefectural Sanjo Business High School, Gocho enters the Living Design Department of Kuwasawa Design School where he finally proceeds to the Photography Department and graduates in 1968. He continues to take photographs while working as designer. 1977, he self-publishes a collection of images under the title ‘SELF AND OTHERS’ (Hakuakan, Nagoya). In 1978 he wins the Newcomer Award of the Photographic Society of Japan for this collection and its subsequent exhibition. In 1983 he returns home due to his worsened physical condition, but despite continuous efforts to improve his condition, dies on June 2 of heart failure. He was 36 years old. A retrospective exhibition under the title ‘Shigeo Gocho 1946-1983’ was held 2004 at The Niigata City Museum of Art, The Yamagata Museum of Art and Mitaka Civic Art Gallery. In 2000, director Sato Masato releases his documentary on Gocho, which he named after his 1977 photo-collection ‘SELF AND OTHERS’ and received wide acclaim. In 2013 saw the publication of his photo-collection ‘Children’ (Hakusuisha, Tokyo) and a newly designed edition of the ‘Familiar Street Scenes’ (Yagisha, Tokyo).
02. Gocho Shigeo
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—002. SELF AND OTHERS
First published by Miraisha in 1977, Shigeo Gocho's 2013 re-publication of the iconic Self and Others is a photobook provides the opportunity for viewers to both revisit and be introduced to the seminal body of work by Shigeo Gocho. Having lived a short but remarkable life from 1946-1983, Gocho's photographic works stay available within the public realm in only three photographic publications. Amongst his photobooks, Familar Street Scenes (1981) and Days (1971), it is Gocho's Self and Others which presented a highly intimate reflection of the photographers own life and experiences.
03. Shomei Tomatsu
Shōmei Tōmatsu (東松 照明, Tōmatsu Shōmei, January 16, 1930 – December 14, 2012) was a Japanese photographer.Born in Nagoya in 1930, Tōmatsu studied economics at Aichi University, graduating in 1954. While still a student, he had his photographs published by the major Japanese photography magazines. He entered Iwanami and worked on the series Iwanami Shashin Bunko. Two years later, he left in order to freelance.In 1959, Tōmatsu formed Vivo with Eikoh Hosoe and Ikkō Narahara. Two years later, his and Ken Domon's book Hiroshima–Nagasaki Document 1961, on the effects of the atomic bombs, was published to great acclaim.In 1972, he moved to Okinawa; in 1975, his prizewinning book of photographs of Okinawa, Pencil of the Sun (太陽の鉛筆, Taiyō no enpitsu) was published.Tōmatsu moved to Nagasaki in 1998.Tōmatsu died in Naha (Okinawa) on 14 December 2012 (although this was not publicly announced until January 2013).
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—003. CHEWING GUM AND CHOCOLATE
Culture, riding a mushroom cloud, came in from across the sea,’ wrote the Japanese photographer Shomei Tomatsu in 1959. From the 50s to the 70s, he travelled Japan photographing US military bases to show the Allied occupation of his country, and the fascination and repulsion he felt about it.
04. Daido Moriyama
Moriyama is one of the key figures associated with Provoke (1968–70), an influential photography magazine that rejected photojournalistic conventions of objectivity and clarity.Daido Moriyama has a self-proclaimed addiction to cities. At age 73, his work still shares the same inclination to record his surroundings as his earliest pictures, taken during the dramatic transformation of 1960s post-war Japan. Moriyama used his camera to document the American military occupation of his country and the dissolution of traditional values experienced alongside accelerated modernization. In a process he maintains today, Moriyama shot with a small hand-held automatic camera, rarely with attention to the viewfinder (firing his shutter as if by machine gun.) In his depictions of city life, Moriyama documents cultural change and chaotic urban experience, typically in grainy, black-and-white, high-contrast images, which he prints himself. Early influences include photographers Eikoh Hosoe, Eugène Atget, Weegee, and William Klein, all who shared a similar affection for the dynamics of city life.
Memories Of A Dog The photographs of Daido Moriyama.