Books

Emi Anrakuji

IPY

2008

In IPY, Anrakuji represents herself as an alchemist of images and a catalyst for daydreams and desires. The vignettes of her self-portraits blur the boundaries between documentary and staged photography. Emi Anrakuji originally studied oil painting at Musashino University of Art and Music in Tokyo. By her mid-20s, she was diagnosed with a cerebral disease that severely curtailed her activities for more than a decade. During her gradual recovery, she took up photography. Initially, Anrakuji's audience was only herself and the jurors of public competitions to which she sent her entries. Since 2001, her efforts have earned her several important awards as well as increasing support from the art community. A prolific producer of images, Anrakuji often arranges her work as handmade books, one of which serves as the catalyst for IPY. A special edition with original print is also available. "Anrakuji suddenly appeared on the photography scene after more than 10 years of hiatus from art-making. She began to photograph seriously beginning in 1998. Combinations of various elements - eroticism, humor, cruelty, strange peacefulness, sharpness, and magical tricks - characterize her work. She is one of the most interesting up-and-coming photographers in Japan" (Kotaro Iizawa). Limited edition.

Hard cover , 14" x 10.1" (35.6 x 25.7cm)
80 pages
Edition: 1st, limited 500
Publisher: Nazraeli Press
Price: $60

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Emi Anrakuji

One Picture Book #40: e hagaki

2006

Japanese artist Emi Anrakuji follows up on her recent artist’s book Anrakuji with a contribution to One Picture Book series. In it, she displays reproductions of her one-off digital prints (made by digitally printing the extraordinary self-portraits for which she is best known) onto e hagaki (picture postcards). The book concludes with an original, signed portrait printed over a vintage postcard. Each original print is unique, and signed and numbered by artist. Emi Anrakuji is a winner of the prestigious New Photographer Award at the Higashikawa Photography Prize in 2006. 16 pages, 16 four-color plates, 1 original print. Limited edition.

Hard cover , 5.5" x 7.25" (14.0 x 18.4cm)
16 pages
Edition: 1st, limited 500
Publisher: Nazraeli Press
Price: $150

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Emi Anrakuji

Anrakuji (Deluxe Edition)

2007

This special edition of Anrakuji is limited to 30 copies. Each book comes with 2 original prints, numbered and signed by the artist and presented in a beautiful cloth-covered clamshell box.

Hard cover , 10" x 6.5" (25.5 x 16.5cm)
60 pages
Edition: 1st, limited to 30
Publisher: Nazraeli Press
Price: $750

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Emi Anrakuji

Anrakuji (Regular Edition)

2007

Emi Anrakuji’s unsettling self-portraits and other subjects have earned her a growing recognition in her home country, and we are pleased to present her ?rst monograph to be published outside of Japan. The artist represents herself as an alchemist of images and a catalyst for daydreams and desires. The vignettes of jigsaw puzzle-like shots of herself and others blur the boundaries between documentary and staged photography. Posing naked, clothed, or partially dressed, Anrakuji takes a uniquely obsessive interest in her own body. Her legs, arms, hands, toes, lips and hair create arresting compositions and erotic ambience. When she focuses on the opposite sex, it results in equally surprising elaborations on the male anatomy. This obsession with the human body at its most intimate is a result, in part, from her long periods spent hospitalized: after graduating from art school in Tokyo in the mid-1980s, Anrakuji suffered a cerebral tumor that prevented her from making art for more than a decade. During her gradual recovery, she began to make block prints, then photographs. Emi Anrakuji is a winner of the prestigious New Photographer Award at the Higashikawa Photography Prize.

Hard cover, 10" x 6.5" (25.4 x 16.5cm)
60 pages
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Nazraeli Press
Price: $100

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Nobuyoshi Araki

Yoko - The Works of Nobushi Araki -3

1996

Araki once said of his beloved wife, Yoko that "She's the one who made me into a Photographer." This book contains the images of Yoko from the  beginning of their relationship through her life till the end with her death in 1990. 

Original Japanese edition. Out of print. The book cover has minor flaws. Pages are in very good condition.

Soft cover, 8.8" x 6" (22.4 x 15.2cm)
200 pages
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Heibonsha
Price: $85

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Nobuyoshi Araki

New York - The Works of Nobuyoshi Araki -4

1996

"Sometimes too, the beauty of Araki's work involves a degree of sadness in the very act of stealing an image from the world -- stopping it, removing it from the flow of time that never really can be stopped. Araki knows there is a contradiction in all of this. He knows that the eye's connection to the memory is itself a camera. He knows that joy is found in sadness, that death is part of life. Araki understands many things without questioning them, without  judgement. Araki may "see" the same things as other people, but the way he looks at them is different from anyone else. This book, 'NOBUYOSHI ARAKI'S NEW YORK' contains some of his most beautiful examples." - Jim Jarmusch 

Original Japanese edition. Out of Print. The book cover has minor flaws. Pages are in very good condition.

Soft cover, 8.8" x 6.1" (22.4 x 15.5cm)
256 pages
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Heibonsha
Price: $85

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Nobuyoshi Araki

Private Diary 1980-1995 - The works of Nobuyoshi Araki -8

1996

"After all, photographing activity is documenting with dates for me. Photography is my life and dairy is to document that time. It feels suitable for me with dates. So, I never stop. I keep doing it till I die." - Nobuyoshi Araki 

Original Japanese edition. Out of print. This book is in good condition.

Soft cover, 8.9" x 6" (22.6 x 15.2cm)
192 pages
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Heibonsha
Price: $85

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Nobuyoshi Araki

Naked Faces - The Works of Nobuyoshi Araki -1

1996

"I used to think that 'Faces' are the photograph. The face shows everything about that person because it had been exposed to the world since one's born. I just copy that. There is no way criticizing an era or the object, you should kneel down and photograph it. It's my way to pay homage to the objects." - Nobuyoshi Araki 

Original Japanese edition. Out of Print. This book is in very good condition.

, 8.75" x 6" (22.2 x 15.2cm)
192 pages
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Heibonsha
Price: $85

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Nobuyoshi Araki

Sacchin

2001

As the origin of Araki’s career, this book dedicates to lively shots of smiling, cheerful children during the 1950’s and 60’s.  “Sa Chin” (a nickname of the boy he focused on) series marked Araki’s debut as a published photographer and also earned him the first Taiyo Award (a prestigious photography award in Japan)

Soft cover, 7.875" x 5.875" (20 x 15cm)
114 pages
Edition:
Publisher: Shinchosha
Price: $30

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Nobuyoshi Araki

Shamanatsu

2011

Published by Rat Hole Gallery in parallel to the exhibition held at Hysteric Glamour Shibuya in November 2011, the pubilcation includes images exhibited during the show of Araki's then most recent works.

Limited of 700 copies

, 9.5" x 11.8" (24 x 30cm)
248 pages
Edition:
Publisher: Rat Hole Gallery
Price: Contact for Price

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Hitoshi Fugo

Flying Frying Pan

1997

Award-winning photography artist Hitoshi Fugo's "Flying Frying Pan" is the series of his incredible fixation on a single object - a cast-iron frying pan - and his Zen-like liberation from the specific time and space.

, 11.8" x 10.2" (30 x 26cm)
122 pages
Edition:
Publisher: Shazow Ltd.
Price: $65

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Masahisa Fukase

Hysteric Twelve

2004

This is the twelfth in the hip Japanese fashion/style purveyor Hysteric Glamour's series of beautifully produced limited edition photography monographs. It is a stark, textural meditation on loneliness and isolation by one of Post-war Japan's pre-eminent photographers, Masahisa Fukase (of "The Solitude of Ravens" fame). Fukase produces a strange series of portraits in his bathtub with an underwater camera. The photographs in this book are selections from his 1983 series, “Walking Eyes.” Cloth cover with a protective sheet. Limited edition.

Hard cover , 10.2" x 9.1" (25.908 x 23.114cm)
80 pages
Edition: 1st, 468/700
Publisher: Hysteric Glamour
Price: $200

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Mikiko Hara

Change

2016

"Change" is the first volume in The Gould Collections Series. The book includes Mikiko Hara's untitled photographs from 1996 to 2009, with a short story by Stephen Dixon.

soft cover, 9.75" x 7" (24.8 x 18cm)
66 pages
Edition: 1st, limited 500
Publisher: The Gould Collection (New York City, Paris, Tokyo)
Editor: Russet Lederman, Laurence Vecten, and Yoko SawadaPrice: 65

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Mikiko Hara

These Are Days

2014

Softcover, 10.6" x 8.3" (27 x 21cm)
32 pages
Edition: First Edition
Publisher: Osiris Co., Ltd
Price: $30

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Tomoaki Hata

The Night Is Still Young (English Edition)

2010

*All books we hold are signed by the artist. For a limited time, we also sell The Night Is Still Young together with a small original print ($75).

With The Night Is Still Young, Los Angeles-based, Japanese photographer Tomoaki Hata returns to his roots—the underground club scene of Osaka’s gay, nightlife district. Filled with intimate images of the radically-creative drag queens who performed at various venues in the city from the late 1990s through the present, this book is a peek into the underbelly of modern Japan.

Hata occupies a much-deserved place in the ranks of the great Japanese photographers—on par with the likes of Daido Moriyama and Nobuyoshi Araki—yet he achieved this rank not by following the example of these greats, but via the presentation of his own unique view of a slice of Japanese culture that otherwise remains largely undocumented.  A passionate and intimate portrayal of the gender-bending performers as they cavort, both on and off the stage, Hata exposes this elusive subculture for the entire world to see. 

Essays by Eric C. Shiner, the Milton Fine Curator of Art at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, and by Simone Fukayuki is a chansonnier, party organizer, stage director, columnist in Japan.

Soft cover, 9" x 7.25" (23 x 18.5cm)
104 pages
Edition:
Publisher: powerHouse Books
Price: Out of Stock ($25)

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Tomoaki Hata

The Night is Still Young (Japanese Edition)

2010

*All books we hold are signed by the artist. For a limited time, we also sell The Night Is Still Young together with a small original print ($75).

With The Night Is Still Young, Los Angeles-based, Japanese photographer Tomoaki Hata returns to his roots—the underground club scene of Osaka’s gay, nightlife district. Filled with intimate images of the radically-creative drag queens who performed at various venues in the city from the late 1990s through the present, this book is a peek into the underbelly of modern Japan.

Hata occupies a much-deserved place in the ranks of the great Japanese photographers—on par with the likes of Daido Moriyama and Nobuyoshi Araki—yet he achieved this rank not by following the example of these greats, but via the presentation of his own unique view of a slice of Japanese culture that otherwise remains largely undocumented. Gay life and culture in Japan remains mostly secretive, and tends to take place within the safe confines of gay bars and gay districts that are many times hidden in plain view within the entertainment districts of major urban centers. A passionate and intimate portrayal of the gender-bending performers as they cavort, both on and off the stage, Hata exposes this elusive subculture for the entire world to see. The results are campy and combustible images of drag performers going full tilt. Glitter, glamour, sequins, and seediness are all on display, up-close and unrestrained.

Soft cover, 7.3" x 9.0" (18.5 x 23.0cm)
108 pages
Edition:
Publisher: AKAAKA ART PUBLISHING Inc
Price: $30

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Naoya Hatakeyama

Atmos

2003

Naoya Hatakeyama is a leading figure in contemporary Japanese art. The subject of numerous books and exhibitions, Hatakeyama’s previous series such as Lime Works, River and Underground have received international critical acclaim. The photographs in the previously unpublished series Atmos were made in En Camarque, Fos-sure Mer in 2003, and are beautifully represented in this important new artists’ book. Hatakeyama photographed this industrial area from two distinct perspectives: from inside the mill located within the town’s borders, and from the outskirts of the town itself. The former document the terrifying power of machines man builds to produce goods; the latter reveal the dream-like variations in the surrounding landscape: salt fields, calm waters and pastures. The two bodies of work have been bound face to face within a hardcover case, allowing the viewer to create hundreds of double page spreads from the twenty-two reproductions. Hatakeyama’s photographs have been extensively exhibited in the United States, Europe and Japan. He was one of four photographers included in the traveling exhibition “Land of Paradox,” which toured the United States and Japan from 1996 to 1998.

Signed copy is available. 

Hard cover , 12" x 9.5" (30.5 x 24.1cm)
52 pages
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Nazraeli Press
Price: $75

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Naoya Hatakeyama

Zeche Westfahlen I/II Ahlen

2006

Documentary evidence exists of 700 years of coal mining in the Ruhr District of Germany, one of Europe’s largest and most densely populated industrial regions. To this day, approximately 9.6 billion tons of hard coal have been mined in the state of North-Rhine-Westphalia. On June 30, 2000, almost 100 years of mining history came to an end in Ahlen with the closure of the Zeche Westfahlen, which had been opened in 1902 with the inauguration of the Bergwerkgesellschaft Westfahlen. The socio-economic impact of this closure has been enormous, and its ramifications continue to reverberate. Japanese artist Naoya Hatakeyama was commissioned by “Regionale 2004” to photograph in Ahlen from October 2003 until February the following year, documenting the sites and structures that were home to tens of thousands of workers for over a century. The resulting photographs provide a valuable record of this once all-important industrial area, culminating in the demolition and razing of the entire site. Visiting today, one would never know what had stood in the vast, now empty space. 49 four-color plates. Limited edition.

Hard cover , 11" x 13" (27.9 x 33.0cm)
80 pages
Edition: 1st, limited 2000
Publisher: Nazraeli Press
Price: $35 (40% off for display copy)

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Naoya Hatakeyama

Underground

2000

There can be beauty and art anywhere, even at the yucky underside of Tokyo where the photographer Naoya Hatakeyama ventured amid rats, bats, insects, mold-covered dung, and cold, mucky water. Only 5 meters below the bustling streets of Shibuya where the artist lives, the first several photos show what looks like shallow underground rivers in a concrete corridor. Underground includes near pitch black photos, and then contrasting photos with fantastic patterns and a rainbow of colors of what looks like mold or water or waste. None of the photos are captioned and it is hard to make out what exactly the picture depicts. So, what should be considered filth is released from the usual stigma and allowed to become something else completely, even perhaps beautiful. It's amazing to see the beauty Hatakeyama encountered in such a place.

Hard cover, 10.9" x 9.8" (27.7 x 24.9cm)
68 pages
Edition:
Publisher: Media Factory, Inc.
Price: Out of Stock

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Naoya Hatakeyama

LIME WORKS

2002

An acclaimed color monograph by Japanese-born photographer Naoya Hatakeyama (b. 1958). The Lime Works series documented unexpectedly beautiful and hidden world of the limestone/cement industry in his home country, Japan. From a white-dusted factory machine to a gouged mountain, Hatakayama's uncompromised social landscapes remind us what cost we pay to fulfill our desires to constantly build/destroy.

Hard cover, 12" x 10" (30.5 x 25.4cm)
120 pages
Edition:
Publisher: amus arts press
Price: $75

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Naoya Hatakeyama

LIME WORKS

2008

An acclaimed color monograph by Japanese-born photographer Naoya Hatakeyama (b. 1958). The Lime Works series documented unexpectedly beautiful and hidden world of the limestone/cement industry in his home country, Japan. From a white-dusted factory machine to a gouged mountain, Hatakayama's uncompromised social landscapes remind us what cost we pay to fulfill our desires to constantly build/destroy.  

Hard cover, 12" x 10" (30.5 x 25.4cm)
120 pages
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Seigensha
Price: $75

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Naoya Hatakeyama

Natural Stories

2011

Organized by the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of PhotographyOne of Japan's leading artists, Hatakeyama captures the destructive powers routinely deployed to shape nature to our will in his austere and beautiful large-scale pictures.

, 9" x 7.75" (23 x 19.7cm)
160 pages
Edition:
Publisher: The Sankei Shimbun
Price: Contact for Price

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Yuichi Hibi

Imprint

2005

"I went back to Japan after seven years of absence, from north to south I traveled the country through the lens: images distorted, images real, only imprints remain today. . . years ago and years ahead perhaps, this Japan travels inside me like a long bamboo path" (Yuichi Hibi). Raw talent rarely express itself so forcefully as it does in Yuichi Hibi’s first book of photographs, Imprint. Born in Nagoya in 1964, Hibi has lived in New York since 1988. Trained as an actor and filmmaker, he began making still photographs shortly after his arrival in the United States. He found himself as much at home, and as much a stranger, in his new surroundings as he had in his old. Imprint opens with a facsimile of a handwritten note dated 1988, written to a friend in Japan, which serves as an introduction to the pictures that follow. The plate section itself is divided into two sections – one of New York and one of Japan – and the viewer follows Hibi through the nights and loneliness of both. Imprint is limited to 1,000 casebound copies.

Hard cover , 11.1" x 8.5" (28.194 x 21.59cm)
112 pages
Edition: 1st, limited 1000
Publisher: Nazraeli Press
Price: $39

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Yuichi Hibi

Greetings From... Shanghai

2010

"In October 2007, I was invited to Shanghai for a gallery opening of my work. It was my first visit to China . . . While the Chinese have a long and complex history, their collective spirit is very down to earth. I liken their spirit to a "good noodle soup" - a deceptively simple meal that can take hours to prepare but minutes to consume. I stayed in Shanghai for five days. From day to night the energy kept me awake. I walked everywhere. In dark, winding alleys I heard lone men prepare meals in a wok. I peeked in and watched as they ate, and saw how they lived. The streets were so dim that I often could not tell who was approaching me. Strangers would bump into me and then regard me with no emotion. The sounds, smells, and mysterious alleys reminded me of clichés from a vintage Chinese film. Experiencing this world required all of my senses and felt, in many ways, more authentic and enriching than much of my time spent in modern cities and cultures. Shanghai is a city that lives in the moment. Construction appears to be going on everywhere, every day. Landscapes seem to change by the second. The new is mixed with the old in Shanghai: its architecture, its fashion, its attitude . . . One day, I saw a father and son on a construction site. The father pointed to something far beyond the crumbling buildings, as if to show the son where they used to live. The father appeared confused . . . was he concerned that his roots were being erased, or that his world had changed too fast to even reflect upon? Shanghai made me question my own world: why is it that I am always searching for something nostalgic to hold on to?" Limited edition.

Soft cover, 11" x 7.25" (27.94 x 18.415cm)
14 pages
Edition: 1st, limited 250 copies
Publisher: L. Parker Stephenson Photographs
Price: $15

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Takashi Honma

Tokyo Children

2001

"Homma's children represent possibly the most radical break to ever occur between generations in all of recorded history" (Douglas Coupland). The work of Takashi Homma gains more attention than that of any other Japanese photographer, whether in the field of landscape, portraiture, fashion or advertising. "Tokyo Children" is his follow-up to an award-winning book about Japanese suburbia and shifts the focus from an environment to its inhabitants. Homma's characteristic dry gaze and light touch cannot dampen the astonishing results, instead emphasizing the individuality of his subjects.

Soft cover, 9.75" x 9.75" (24.8 x 24.8cm)
84 pages
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Little More
Price: Out of Stock

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Mayumi Hosokura

Transparency is the new mystery

2016

Transparency is the new mystery comprises twenty-two images of nudes and crystals, by Japanese photographer Mayumi Hosokura. The fragile silhouette of a hand, a coiled nude body, or the transfixing symmetry of crystalline minerals are shown in soft, translucent black and white images, held together by an enigmatic interior logic.

I was prepared for the transformation of the forest – the crystalline tress hanging like icons in those luminous covers, the jewelled casements of the leaves overhead, fused into a lattice of prisms, through which the sun shone in a thousand rainbows, the birds and crocodiles frozen into grotesque postures like heraldic beasts carved from jade and quartz…  

JG Ballard, The Crystal World

, 13" x 9" (33 x 23cm)
40 pages
Edition: First
Publisher: MACK
Price: Contact for Price

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Mayumi Hosokura

Crystal Love Starlight

2014

The series is named after a small restaurant in Gunma prefecture which came to light in 1992 for running under-the-table prostitution. The glittering naming nonsense of Japanese bars, night clubs and love hotels has allure of a magic spell.

The series is composed of three parts—pictures of the actual place, nude portraits taken in Tokyo as well as hotels in Gunma, and neon signs along Route 17 connecting these two locations.

Printed from the monochrome film the images were colored with one of six-color silver halide crystals and dye couplers on the photographic color paper.As I developed them in darkness I felt the excitement of a night walk on a neon-lit road.

Limited edition of 500 copies.

, 10" x 8" (25.4 x 20.3cm)
64 pages
Edition: First
Publisher: Tycoon Books
Price: $50

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Yojiro Imasaka

USA

2014

Imasaka's first monograph published in conjunction with his solo exhibition "Sleeping Beauty" held at Miyako Yoshinaga gallery in 2014. The book consists of a combination of color and black and white photographs of his 35mm film prints and 8x10" large format film prints from his two-month road trip across the United States in 2013. Essay by Russet Lederman. Designed by STUDIO NEWWORK © 2014 Yojiro Imasaka StudioText

, 9.5" x 9" (24 x 23cm)
80 pages
Edition: First
Publisher: Yojiro Imasaka
Price: $65

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Takahiro Kaneyama

Shumafura

2009

This book was self-published in conjunction with Takahiro Keneyama's solo exhibition SHUMAFURA at M.Y. ART PROSPECTS, New York in 2009. This series documents the birthplace of Kanayama's late grandmother, a depopulated small town in northern Japan, SHIMOFURO (or SHUMAFURA in native Ainu language). The houses, streets, harbors, and children in SHUMAFURA speak of righteous beauty, of the pride of a long enduring history, exploring the delicate lines between depression and melancholy, dullness and tranquility, and decay and beauty.

Hard cover , 10" x 8.25" (25.4 x 21.0cm)
74 pages
Edition: 1st
Publisher: M.Y. Art Prospects
Price: $65

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Takahiro Kaneyama

Shades of The Departed

2012

Shades of the Departed quietly yet powerfully addresses universal themes that go beyond a particular culture or faith, exploring the trajectory of life, from birth to death. Takahiro Kaneyama creates transcendent photographic reflections on one of the holiest sites in northern Japan, Mt. Osore. According to traditional Japanese lore, this active volcano—whose name means “Mount Fear”—is the gateway to Hell, through which the souls of the deceased must pass on their way to the underworld. Every summer, this mythical place attracts many visitors who seek to remember and console the departed souls of their loved ones. 

Soft cover, 6.75" x 6.75" (17 x 17cm)
40 pages
Edition: Limited 100
Publisher: Blurb
Editor: Takahiro KaneyamaPrice: $30

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Takahiro Kaneyama

Shades of The Departed Special Edition

2012

Shades of the Departed quietly yet powerfully addresses universal themes that go beyond a particular culture or faith, exploring the trajectory of life, from birth to death. Takahiro Kaneyama creates transcendent photographic reflections on one of the holiest sites in northern Japan, Mt. Osore. According to traditional Japanese lore, this active volcano—whose name means “Mount Fear”—is the gateway to Hell, through which the souls of the deceased must pass on their way to the underworld. Every summer, this mythical place attracts many visitors who seek to remember and console the departed souls of their loved ones.

This special edition comes with a 5 x 7" archival pigment print signed and numbered by the artist.

Soft cover, 6.75" x 6.75" (17 x 17cm)
40 pages
Edition: Special limited edition of 6
Publisher: Blurb
Editor: Takahiro KaneyamaPrice: $120 (regular $150)

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Takahiro Kaneyama

While Leaves Are Falling...

2016

While Leaves Are Falling…features Kaneyama’s unpretentious photographs that quietly reveal his complex relationship with home and family as he continues to live abroad. His mother, who suffers from schizophrenia, raised him with the aids of his grandmother and his two unmarried aunts. The story he tells through these bravely honest portraits and landscapes resonates both as a personal confession and a meditation on universal aspects of love, depression, and the passage of time. The book was nominated for two of the most prestigious Japanese photography awards, Kimura Ihei Award and Ken Domon Award.  Curator/writer Charlotte Cotton wrote, "This book is as beautiful, complex and heartfelt as its subject. It is unforgettable once seen, and something to be treasured."

 

 

Hardcover, 12" x 8.75" (31 x 22cm)
130 pages
Edition: 1st
Publisher: AKAAKA Art Publishing, Inc.
Price: $55

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Rinko Kawauchi

Utatane

2001

Carps, clouds, a curtain, a tire, fried eggs, grandfather, a butterfly . . . These are the details of the everyday life that are too easily missed. Seen through the lens of Kawauchi's camera, however, the ordinary shines with bejeweled patterns of light; even an ant transforms into statement of style. At the same time, the carcass of a dove proclaims the book's theme of the terror that exists next door to everyday beauty. This thoughtful debut photobook won awards for its graceful contemplation of mortality.

Soft cover, 9.75" x 7.5" (24.8 x 19.0cm)
130 pages
Edition: 3rd
Publisher: Little More
Editor: Gento Matsumoto, Shoko YamanaPrice: Out of Stock

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Rinko Kawauchi

Hanabi

2001

The second collection in Kawauchi's trilogy of photo books depicts the photographer's vision of a fireworks ("hanabi") show. The breezes of summer nights, the footsteps of children running alongside a riverbank, clouds portending warm showers and the sweet smell of apple candy are powerfully nostalgic, at once beautiful and melancholy. Out of print.

Soft cover, 9.5" x 7.5" (24.13 x 19.05cm)
70 pages
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Little More
Editor: Gento Matsumoto, Shoko YamanaPrice: $30 (regular $35)

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Rinko Kawauchi

Hanako

2001

This photobook ties in with the documentary film of the same name. Hanako is a conscientious young woman who works diligently at a social welfare center. The photographer, after the style popularized by photobooks of idol singers and models, follows Hanako through her daily rounds of home, park, gymnasium and workplace. A heartwarming and idyllic work.

Soft cover, 9" x 7.5" (22.86 x 19.05cm)
46 pages
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Little More
Editor: Hideki NakajimaPrice: Out of Stock ($30)

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Rinko Kawauchi

Cui Cui

2005

Rinko Kawauchi recently has done still photographs for the movie Nobody Knows and the cover photograph of the best-seller book Sekai-no-chusin-de-ai-wo-sakebu. In 2005, her activities will continuously extend to throughout the world. There has been a large-scale exhibition in Paris at the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, as well as in New York and London. The works in Cui Cui are memories of Rinko's family which she has been shooting for 13 years. There are scenes of, family gathering in New Year's Holidays, wedding of older brother, grandfather's death, birth of a new life, and so on. Ordinaries of life pile up in the normal family. The photographs evoke the scenery of hometown with smell of people and earth. Repeating the encounter and separation, the family will keep alive in one's memory. It could be your family album, which will stir a memory of days gone by.

Soft cover, 9.5" x 6.5" (24.1 x 16.5cm)
230 pages
Edition: 3rd
Publisher: Foil
Price: $45 (regular $55)

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Rinko Kawauchi

Semear

2007

A century has passed since the first Japanese Immigrants arrived to Brazil. Invited by MAM (Museu de Arte Moderna, Sao Paulo), Rinko Kawauchi took new series of photographs of, from Japanese Brazilian community, the scenery of the great nature and animals living there, everyday life of its inhabitants, to the Rio Carnival, through her three times visits to Brazil. Sao Paulo, Belem, Tome-Acu, Campinas, Londrina, Iguacu, Pananal, Bonito, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Luis, Lencois Maranhenses . . . Holding the overwhelming energy, every moments in Brazil is inscribed beautifully, delicately, and sometimes nostalgically in Rinko Kawauchi's images. The different races and cultures, the disparity in wealth, festivals and everyday life, and the country, where all the things are mingled. The rhythm of life are welling up from the chaos. In this new series of work, you will see a new ground of Rinko Kawauchi, which she found in Brazil. "What I wanted to see might be be the immense power of Brazil, a country able to absorb everything like the so-cold Devil's Throat, which swallows Iguacu Falls' main flume in a deafening roar" (Rinko Kawauchi).

Soft cover, 11.75" x 8.5" (29.8 x 21.6cm)
184 pages
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Foil
Editor: Junichi TsunodaPrice: $50

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Kazuo Kitai

Resistance (Color)

2015

50 years after having taken the photographs of the Zengakuren student protests at the Yokosuka Naval Base in 1964, Kazuo Kitai’s previously unpublished and unreleased photographs taken during the same period which capture the nearby bar district of Yokosuka Naval Base have now been realized and published in its full color form. Having originally intended to publish the photographs of the bar district alongside the student protests, Kitai had lacked the financial resources choosing only to publish the black and white images and as a result produced what would become his iconic photo book “Resistance” in 1965. Finally, 50 years after its intended publication, these never before seen images provide a comparative glimpse into an already iconic body of work. Captured only a week following the turbulent student protests at Yokosuka Naval Base, Kitai’s “Resistance Colour” is an altogether unique and significant addition to the seminal collection of Japanese 1970s and 1980s Protest books.

, 11.625" x 11.5" (29.6 x 29.4cm)
25 pages
Edition: First
Publisher: Kazuo Kitai Foto Institute
Price: $180

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Kazuo Kitai

Barricade

2012

Essay by Kazuo Kitai, translated from the Japanese by Hiroshi Masaki. Designed by John Gossage, with an interview between Gossage and the publisher, Harper Levine. Published on the occasion of Kitai's first American exhibition, August 18 - October 1, 2012, at Harper's Books, East Hampton. A collection of Kitai's previously unpublished protest images shot in 1968 Tokyo at the height of the student rebellion. John Gossage delivers a brilliant design, juxtaposing photographs from the Barricade series with scanned images from Kitai's first book, Resistance. Fine in a fine jacket, custom folder, black slipcase. 

, 12" x 9.25" (30.5 x 23.5cm)
80 pages
Edition:
Publisher: Harper's Books
Price: $75

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Kazuo Kitai

1970's Nippon

2001

Black and white photographs. Taken between 1973 and 1981, these images focus on rural life in Japan, presenting a picture of day-to-day life in the country during that period. Kitai moved from his early student protest photography to these images, documenting the changes that were brought about in daily life during the 1970's, as new technologies began to displace traditional facets of Japanese life and concrete structures slowly became the norm. This is a rare and hard to find title, particularly outside of Japan. From the author’s postscript: "I had no place that I can call a hometown as I had repeated moving many times since my childhood. All the same I longed for my hometown and I projected my hometown many times on pictures appeared in a developing solution under a red light in a darkroom. However, while I was taking these photographs, populations in farming villages were being absorbed into big cities continuously as a labor force and the decrease in population in farming villages was advancing. 1970s were the age in which a village community and human relation centering the agriculture had been collapsed and Japan in old and good age had finished."

, 9.6" x 7" (24.5 x 18.5cm)
288 pages
Edition: First
Publisher: Tokyo: Toseisha
Price: Contact for Price

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Kazuo Kitai

One Road

2014

As I walked through these villages where everything had been washed away, including houses and sea walls, there were traces to indicate where once had been a road. People had started to walk again on these traces, reforming a path on top of the original. It was as if the road had a life of its own.I have taken countless photographs on roads that have been trodden by people over many ages. These roads become superimposed on the roads I see in the disaster region, and these also seem overlaid with the road from Anshan along which my family fled as refugees.(Kazuo KITAI)

limited of 700 copies

, 11" x 8" (28 x 20.5cm)
112 pages
Edition:
Publisher: Zen Foto Gallery
Price: Contact for Sale

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Mayumi Lake

Poo-Chi

2002

This book was published in conjunction with Mayumi Lake's solo-exhibition Poo-Chi at M.Y. ART PROSPECTS, New York, 2005. Mayumi Lake’s series of color photographs focuses on the "wakinoshita" (armpit), presenting this often neglected part of the body in a discomforting new light. The images in this book are not what they at first appear to be. Look again, and closely. Know what the true subject is, and while some unease might remain, any revulsion turns to curiosity, admiration and perhaps even delight. The "wakinoshita" Lake portrays with such intimacy and originality are shown in a wide array of “poses”; dressed with crochet, lace, embroidery, fake fur, these obviously adult bits of body take on a diverting, playful look. But underneath the soft and feminine drapes nestle the dark hairs and folds of flesh that give Lake’s work a decidedly unsettling edge. As with all illusion, there is more here than meets the eye: the viewer is drawn time and again to take another, deeper look. Originally from Osaka, Mayumi Lake moved to the United States to study at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and at Rhode Island School of Design. In 2000 she was awarded the Bruce Goodman Memorial Fellowship. Lake’s photographs and videos have been shown at a number of prominent venues in the United States, Asia, and the United Kingdom and Germany. An introduction essay by Joanna Frueh.

Hard cover , 10" x 8" (25.4 x 20.3cm)
32 pages
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Nazraeli Press
Price: $35

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Mayumi Lake

Ex Post Facto

2009

Published in conjunction with her solo-exhibition Ex Post Facto at MIYAKO YOSHINAGA art prospects, in this calm yet emotionally charged photographic narrative, Japanese artist Mayumi Lake traces her family history back some 60 years and revisits her childhood fantasy of bringing back her Grandfathers, both of whom were killed in combat during World War II. Rural landscapes evoke memories of battlefields, and female portraits pay tribute to those who suffered the loss of their loved ones. This book is hardcover, measures 5.5 x 7.25 inches, and has 6 four-color plates with one original print within 16 pages. Limited edition.

Hardcover, 7.25" x 5.5" (18.5 x 14cm)
16 pages
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Nazraeli Press
Price: $150

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Daido Moriyama

Memories of a Dog

2004

Daido Moriyama is without question one of Japan’s most important contemporary photographers and it is not surprising that this memoir, first published as a series of essays in Asahi Camera twenty-one years ago, is regarded as a classic in photographic literature. In Memories of a Dog, Moriyama approaches photography through language, and it is difficult to say which is the more evocative medium. His vividly expressive prose is in perfect harmony with the grainy, black and white images that in turn have a poetry all their own. As both reader and viewer one becomes completely absorbed, and photographs that will always be remarkable are given a new, very personal, layer of meaning. This is an eloquent autobiographical account of the artist’s progress through life – the places he’s lived and traveled to, the newsreel theater that was like a “second school,” the bars, the coffee shops, and his journey to take his mother’s ashes to be with those of his father. From his earliest sensations of being, to the realization that he has become “willy-nilly and much to my regret, an adult,” Moriyama shares his idea of memory, and “the individual history that goes by the name, I.” A signed edition is also available.

Hard cover , 10" x 7" (25.4 x 17.8cm)
192 pages
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Nazraeli Press
Price: $55

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Daido Moriyama

Farewell Photography

2006

This heavy, glossy, slipcased, reprinted reinterpretation of the legendary 1972 book, Farewell Photography, brings a much-sought-after classic back into print under the strict supervision of the artist, Daido Moriyama. Together with the publisher, Moriyama worked with larger prints and chose higher contrasts, abolishing all text in order to emphasize the dynamic, broken, blurred, vertiginously tilted, starkly cropped and timeless photography reproduced here. Moriyama is one of the most respected and influential photographers today, and this book bears the testimony of his early work, with all of its alluring landmark elements. Almost resulting in mayhem, these accidentally continuous black-and-white images can feel both invasive and intimate, as they freeze the animate and inanimate world before it is gone. An overwhelming torrent of early talent by an extraordinary artist.

Hard cover , 11.6" x 9" (29.5 x 22.9cm)
176 pages
Edition: 2nd
Publisher: Power Shovel Books
Price: $200

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Daido Moriyama

Witness Number Two

2007

For this second volume in the Witness series, Daido Moriyama, as artist and editor, presents work in which – although not immediately apparent – reality collides with imagination. First he presents his own photographs, taken in Shanghai in – a place he had visited for the first time only the year before, but one that had been present in his mind since childhood. Moriyama was born in , the year after Shanghai was occupied by Japanese forces. The port city came to embody “a city of drama, romance and exotic seductions.” Coupled with his boyish dreams of becoming a sailor, this image of Shanghai stayed with him for a long time. These pictures are the reality he found as he wandered the streets with his camera. Moriyama also presents the work of two other Japanese artists: Emi Anrakuji’s jigsaw puzzle-like portraits of herself – naked, clothed or partially dressed – blur the boundaries between documentary and staged photography. Ken Kitano has photographed numerous people of the same age or having the same occupation, and has then exposed dozens of the negatives, one at a time, onto a single sheet of paper. The resulting “Piling Portraits” are amazing. Witness is published by Joy of Giving Something, Inc, and distributed by Nazraeli Press. This item is out of print.

Hard cover , 9.5" x 12" (24.1 x 30.5cm)
96 pages
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Joy of Giving Something Inc, and Nazraeli Press
Price: $55

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Daido Moriyama

Marrakech

2013

Daido Moriyama's beautifully presented Marrakech, from Super Labo in Japan. 

"Elias Canetti's brilliant "Die Stimmen von Marrakesch" is a book I like and one that I find myself casually re-reading once every few years. Each time I do, I will the memories from a faraway past of the short, week trip I took to Marrakesch, already a quarter of a century ago to come back. The nostalgic scenes of the many sounds, aromas, and crowded streets vividly return to my closed eye"- Daido Moriyama

Second edition, limited of 500

, 11.8" x 5.5" (30 x 14cm)
88 pages
Edition: Second
Publisher: Super Labo
Price: Contact for Price

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Daido Moriyama

t-82

2006

In 2006, Powershovel Books initiated a public art event by handing out 'toy cameras' to anyone and everyone who would take one, and exhibiting a selection of the resulting photographs. (The 'toy camera' in question was a Polga, a hybrid Holga camera that used Polaroid film.) One of the participants was the legendary Japanese street photographer, Daido Moriyama -- and it is that series of darkly poetic photographs that this book so lovingly collects, offering a more-tranquil-than-usual walk around Tokyo, with the distinctive details of the urban landscape that only Moriyama could capture. The peculiar photographic qualities of the Polga add a unique taste and some layers of diffused grays to the timeless art of Daido Moriyama.

, 9.25" x 9.625" (23.5 x 24.5cm)
158 pages
Edition: First
Publisher: Powershovel Books
Price: $65

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Shigeichi Nagano

Hysteric Fourteen

2005

Clothed hardcovered book with a plastic cover.

, 10" x 9" (26 x 23cm)
156 pages
Edition:
Publisher: Hysteric Glamour
Price: Contact for Price

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Yumiko Naito

LANDs END

2004

“Yumiko Naito, from Hokkaido in northern Japan, likes to photograph mysterious and desolate landscapes. Her recent series, LANDs END, captures the power of such places in Ireland and England. In her photographs, everything on earth - humans, plants, animals, sky, ocean, rocks, clouds - seems to have a soul and all relate to each other in beautiful harmony. In her eyes, these dark places hold bright hopes and nameless anticipation. Almost paradoxically, they invite us with the heartwarming encouragement of home” (Kaori Kamisawa). Cleverly designed, each of 12 color plates in this pocketsize catalog can be used as a postcard.

Soft cover, 5.75" x 4" (14.5 x 10.0cm)
26 pages
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Art Cocoon
Editor: Miki KubouchiPrice: $10

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Takuma Nakahira

Magazine Work: 1964-1982

2011

This weighty volume published in January, 2011 brings together Takuma Nakahira's substantial body of work shot for and published by Japanese photography magazines like Asahi Camera, Design, Photo Art and Nakahira's own Provoke, from 1964 to 1982. There are 65 photo essays in all, including all major Nakahira series that would end up in his books like For a Language to Come. Like the two books of fellow Provoke-ist Daido Moriyama's magazine work put out by the same publisher in 2009 (Nippon Gekijou 1965-1970 and Nanika e no tabi, 1971-1974), the series are presented just as they were published in the original magazines, so one can see how the pieces were laid out.

Softcover, with dustcover and obi. 18.5cm x 25.5cm x 4cm (thickness). 649 pages. Essay about the work by Minoru Shimizu, and list of photo essays reproduced, in Japanese only.

Soft cover, 10" x 7.25" (18.5 x 25.5cm)
649 pages
Edition:
Publisher: getsuyosha
Price: $85 (regular $100)

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Masataka Nakano

Tokyo Nobody

2000

For 11 years, photographer Masataka Nakano has kept watch for the most impossible of scenes: central Tokyo street scenes inhabited by nobody. This book contains cityscapes shot at Shibuya Station, Ginza streets and other familiar landmarks. Anyone who has visited those spots will be shocked to learn that Nakano's unpopulated photographs were achieved without computer retouching. See all-too-familiar sights in an entirely different light.

Soft cover, 8.5" x 10.5" (21.6 x 26.7cm)
98 pages
Edition: 8th
Publisher: Little More
Price: Out of stock

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Iwata Nakayama

Nakayama Iwata: Reconstructing a Master Heritage

2008

This compact and beautifully printed exhibition catalogue features over 50 black and white portraits and still-lives by Iwata Nakayama (1895-1949), including rarely exhibited masterpieces spanning from 1915 to 1948.  Nakayama was co-founder of Ashiya Camera Club and a leading figure in the New Photography movement in Japan in 1930s.  

After being sent to Califronia State University for training in photography by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Nakayama quit studying and moved to New York in 1919, where he opened a portrait studio on Fifth Avenue two years later. In 1926 Nakayama moved to Paris where he met surrealist artists Man Ray and Italian painter Enrico Prampolini, and was influenced by the Bauhaus and Constructivists and other avant-garde movements. In 1927 he traveled to Spain before returning to Japan later that year via Berlin and the Soviet Union. In 1930, Nakayama co-founded the Ashiya Camera Club, one of the pioneering organizations of the New Photography movement. New Photography based itself on the teachings of Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Man Ray, Alexander Rodchenko and other photographic experimentalists. Major exhibitions at the Ashiya Camera Club exposed Japanese photographers to European and American avant-garde and opened up a new era in Japanese photography. Nakayama also wrote for several photographic magazines during the 1930s, experimenting with photograms, photo-montages or the use of obtuse angles, distorted reflections and time-lapse exposures.  

This catalog was published to accompany "Nakayama Iwata: Reconstructing a Master Heritage," in 2008-2010 organized by Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art.  Exhibition essay by Ryuichi Kaneko, curator at Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, is in Japanese. 

Hard cover, 9.25" x 7.5" (23.4 x 19.0cm)
68 pages
Edition: 2nd
Publisher: Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
Price: $35 (regular $40)

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Iwata Nakayama

Nakayama Iwata: Set of Two Exhibition Catalogues

2010

A set of two exhibition catalogues. The two catalogues are from "Nakayama Iwata: Reconstructing a Master Heritage" held at Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art from 2008-2010, and from "Nakayama Iwata Retrospective: A Photographer and Prewar Kobe" held at Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art in 2010.

Hard cover, 9.25" x 7.5" (23.5 x 19.0cm)
311 pages
Edition:
Publisher: Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art
Price: $50 (regular $65)

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Iwata Nakayama

Nakayama Iwata Retrospective: A Photographer and Prewar Kobe

2010

This compact catalogue, featuring more than 250 images, gives a retrospective look at Nakayama Iwata (1895 - 1949), a leading figure in Japanese New Photography movement in 1930s, as well as prewar Kobe as a unique international city. Nakayama was based in prewar Kobe and Ashiya and made remarkable achievements in various types of photography, from constructivism to portraits and advertisements. Part one is a comparative exhibition of his new prints and vintage prints. Part two introduces nostalgic Kobe (landscapes) before the war.  As a bonus, the book also features in its last chapter the rare evocative portraits of Eastern European Jews who came to Kobe as short-time refugees in 1940-1941. Entitled "Displaced Jews,"  these photographs were taken by the six members of Tanpei Photography Club" (丹平写真倶楽部) namely Kaneyoshi Tabuchi (1917-1997), Kametaro Kawasaki (1902-1990), Osamu Shiihara (1905-1974), Nakaji Yasui (1903-1942), and Kono Toru (1907-1984).  These Jewish refugees were there as a result of their earlier contact with Chiune Sugiura, a Japanese diplomat in Lithuania who issued a transit visa to those who threatened by Nazi Germany, knowing his decision was against Tokyo and may result in severe punishment to him and his family.  Accompanying essays by Shusaku Sagara and Tadashi Kobayashi, as well as artists' biography and a list of images, are all in Japanese. 

Hard cover, 9.25" x 7.5" (23.5 x 19cm)
120 pages
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art
Editor: Hyogo Prefectural Museum of ArtPrice: $25 (regular $40)

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Ken Ohara

Ken Ohara: Extreme Portraits 1970-1999

2017

Accompanying catalog of the exhibition 'Ken Ohara: Extreme Portraits 1970-1999.' It contains 27 pages including an essay written by Sally Stein, images from ONE and with series, and the artist's bio.

soft cover, 8" x 8" (20.32 x 20.32cm)
27 pages
Edition:
Publisher: MIYAKO YOSHINAGA
Price: $15

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Ken Ohara

ONE

1970

A striking collection of black and white photographs of extreme close-up portraits with the sole focus on faces, which Ohara described as 'a telephone book of faces.' Stripped down to the essentials, each page shows only eyes, nose, mouth, ears and hair of a single face. This first edition is published by Tsukiji Shokan Publishing Co. in 1970. Signed copy, mint condition.

hard cover, 10.8" x 8.8" (27.43 x 22.35cm)
496 pages
Edition:
Publisher: Tsukiji Shokan Publishing Co.
Price: $3800 (signed copy)

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Ken Ohara

with

2006

Ken Ohara's photographic series of one-hour exposure portraits create in their final form a new identity for each subject. The traditional evaluations we make of a portrait, i.e., How do you look? are lost in the blur of a passing hour. The soft outlines of heads and bodies take on a new power in their loss of detail, and we look to the objects that frame each sitter to give us a context for identity. Like Meatyard before him, Ohara's collective subjects create a wry and melancholy portrait of the absent artist. Signed copy.

hard cover, 10" x 8" (25.4 x 20.32cm)
133 pages
Edition: limited number of 2000
Publisher: Twin Palms Publishers
Price: $85

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Ken Ohara

with (special edition)

2006

Ken Ohara's photographic series of one-hour exposure portraits create in their final form a new identity for each subject. The traditional evaluations we make of a portrait, i.e., How do you look? are lost in the blur of a passing hour. The soft outlines of heads and bodies take on a new power in their loss of detail, and we look to the objects that frame each sitter to give us a context for identity. Like Meatyard before him, Ohara's collective subjects create a wry and melancholy portrait of the absent artist. This special edition of limited 50 copies comes with a clamshell case and one 8" x 10" gelatin silver print.

, 10" x 8" (25.4 x 20.32cm)
133 pages
Edition: limited edition of 50
Publisher: Twin Palms Publishers
Price: $600

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Harumichi Saito

Kando

2011

Harumichi Saito, winner of Canon's New Cosmos of Photography Award, is one of the most remarkable young photographers in Japan. Many of his photographs are of disabled people, or of minorities within Japanese society. His photos overflow with light and clarity, as he draws a dignity and radiance out of his subjects, which are not limited just to people: he also photographs animals and landscapes. As a photographer, Saito's distinguishing feature is the way he faces his subject directly, which allows the viewer to experience the pure beauty of his photographs. His works express a living, breathing world beyond all classifications or boundaries. 

Softcover, 8.66" x 11.22" (22 x 28.5cm)
140 pages
Edition: 1st edition, signed copy
Publisher: AKAAKA art publishing
Price: $45

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Megumi Sasaki

Herb and Dorothy

2009

HERB & DOROTHY - You don't have to be a Rockefeller to collect art, a film by Megumi Sasaki, tells the extraordinary story of a postal clerk and a librarian who managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history with very modest means. In the early 1960s, when very little attention was paid to Minimalist and Conceptual Art, the Vogels quietly began purchasing the works of unknown artists. Devoting all of Herb's salary to purchase art they liked, they collected guided by two rules: the piece had to be affordable, and it had to be small enough to fit in their one-bedroom Manhattan apartment. Within these limitations, they proved themselves curatorial visionaries; most of those they supported and befriended went on to become world-renowned artists, including Andy Warhol, Julian Schnabel, Sol LeWitt, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Richard Tuttle, Chuck Close, Robert Mangold, Sylvia Plimack Mangold, Lynda Benglis, Pat Steir, Robert Barry, Lucio Pozzi and Lawrence Weiner. HERB & DOROTHY provides a unique chronicle of the world of contemporary art from two unlikely collectors, whose shared passion and discipline defies stereotypes and redefines what it means to be a patron of the arts.

DVD, 7.5" x 5.5" (19.05 x 13.97cm)
87 pages
Edition:
Publisher: Arthouse Films
Price: $25

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Otake Shinro

Naoshima Sento I Love Yu

2010

Photographs of "I Love Yu," a combination of art installation and  public bath house (sento) on Naoshima Island, where visitors can experience bathing in the artwork. The facility was designed by Japanese artist Otake Shinro whose scrapbook like style incorporates recycled objects from all over Japan.

Soft cover, 4.125" x 3" (10.5 x 7.5cm)
72 pages
Edition:
Publisher: Seigensha
Price: $25

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Tomatsu Shomei

Nagasaki

1984

Tomatsu Shomei's catalog.

, 11.75" x 9.375" (30 x 24cm)
157 pages
Edition:
Publisher:
Price: Contact for Price

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Issei Suda

Waga Tokyo 100

2013

Waga Tokyo 100 (roughly, “100 views of my Tokyo”) is a late 1970s account of Shitamachi Tokyo, an area in the East of the city where life is a bit more down to earth. This is where Japanese photography icon Issei Suda grew up, and therefor a place with a special meaning to him. In this gorgeous 2013 re-issue of the classic photo book, the skills that set Suda apart as a photographer are on obvious display.

While Waga Tokyo 100 tries to chronicle Shitamachi Tokyo, rather than a portrait of the city, it is a document of the people living there. Occasional architectural photos aside, Waga Tokyo 100 is a book of portrait photography, showing the models at least from the up, embedded in their surroundings. The variety of subjects is dazzling. Firefighters conducting an exercise, girls in kimonos jumping down a wall, grandmas carrying poodles, a fat-bellied yakuza posing at a shop, a woman leaving a shop, looking eagerly to the right — what might she be looking at? Suda’s photos are generally rich in contrast. There are photos of brightly lit buildings, against a blacked out sky, of girls looking back at the camera with puzzled eyes, of a perfectly lit bonsai tree on the back of a bicycle.

Rather than — as portrait photography tends to aim for — familiarise us with what is shown, Suda’s photos abstracts the situation photographed. He has an intriguing, unique way of finding and then highlighting the surreal, the extraordinary, the outstanding in the mundane and banal of everyday life.

To achieve this, Suda can rely on diverse, imaginative techniques, ranging from strange perspective perspectives over his signature stark lighting, often employing a flash to awkward poses and unusual compositions rarely seen in photography (one of the portraits in the book is completely black on the lefthand side). Obviously, not every photo in Waga Tokyo 100 manages to be of the same, high quality. But there is something to actually look at in each of the 100 images. While there’s no narrative to Waga Tokyo 100, the selected photos nonetheless form a whole. And while the book is technically constricted to a very certain place and time, it is not primarily a document of that place and time.

This 2013 reprint of Waga Tokyo 100 features the same photographs selected for the original publication in 1978, but has been re-edited into a different sequence. The photos feature no comment or annotation safe for the year and place they were taken, and are printed in very high quality. A short text by Rei Masuda of the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo in Japanese and English form part of this photo book.

, 11.8" x 8" (30 x 20.4cm)
120 pages
Edition: First
Publisher: Zen Foto Gallery
Price: Contact for Price

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Issei Suda

The Journey to Osorezan

2013

Osorezan is a place in the Northern-most part of Honshu, Japan’s main island. The name literally translates to “The Mountain of Fear”, and surrounding it, there are areas actually called “Hell” and “Lake of Blood”. It is a place rich in mythology and folklore meaning, and said to be the gate to the underworld. Puddles of strangely coloured liquids bubble with toxic gases, shallow streams of yellow water line the grey footpaths, and all throughout the year, the sting of sulphur acid and an eery silence lie over the place. Everyone who does must cross the local Sanzu river, and children who die before their parents are condemned to build cairns here for eternity.

But you wouldn’t know this from the photos in Issei Suda’s book “The Journey to Osorezan”, because his photography is not concerned primarily with Nature but with people and the traces they leave in the world - both in the physical and the psychological sense. In the afterword to the book, Suda explains the circumstances in which the photos were taken in the early 1970s. Originally lead towards Osorezan out of naive, youthful curiosity, the place has during his many visits gained a deeper - maybe spiritual - meaning for him.

The photos in the book are perhaps representative of the transformations Suda must have undergone when journeying to the mountain. While the first portion of the book predominantly features civilisatory scenes and people, sometimes smiling at the camera, the mood grows increasingly contemplative. The occasional, beautifully composed shot of nature makes an appearance amongst scenes of people wandering or resting. It is not a gloomy book, but one that also is not afraid to accept life without illusions. 

Suda is a master of using light to his advantage, and the photos in the book, while never quite fully abstract, are always playing with elements of the surreal. This effect is aided by the monochrome nature of the pictures, and their very strong contrast. Light is white, dark is black. And infinity of grey between them.)

, 10" x 9" (25.7 x 22.7cm)
71 pages
Edition:
Publisher: Zen Foto Gallery
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Risaku Suzuki

Kumano, Yuki, Sakura

2007

Published in conjunction with an exhibition held in 2007 at Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, this catalogue features color photographs that have been selected from Suzuki’s series on the motifs of the Kumano region, snow, and cherry blossoms. The photographs are placed in seasonal order, providing an insight into the artist’s approach, which swings like a poetic pendulum between the moment and eternity.

Hard cover , 9.75" x 7.75" (24.8 x 19.7cm)
136 pages
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Tankosha
Price: $35 (regular $45)

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Madoka Takagi

My Place

2005

"I came to New York to find something that I’d always wanted. I did not know what it was. Now I know. It was happiness. That was the beginning of the story" (Madoka Takagi). Madoka Takagi’s long-awaited first monograph, My Place, previously existed only as a self-published artists’ book. The Museum of Modern Art and The Getty Museum each acquired a set for their permanent collection. Traveling throughout the city with an 8 x 10-inch view camera and making elegant contact platinum prints, Takagi may not have found happiness but she did start a story: a tale etched in light and metal about finding a place and making it special. From the Municipal Building to the Cathedral Saint John the Divine, from Coney Island to Roosevelt Island, from East Houston Street to Frederick Douglas Boulevard, from the Brooklyn Navy Yard to the Bronx Zoo, Takagi finds a city transformed by a magical light into a place of stillness and beauty. This book is a facsimile of one of the original artists’ books, printed in a limited first edition of 1,000 copies.

Hard cover , 12" x 12" (30.5 x 30.5cm)
72 pages
Edition: 1st, limited 1000
Publisher: Nazraeli Press
Price: $60

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Mariko Takahashi

Niji no Harawata #7

2004

Emerging photographer Mariko Takahashi employs a variety of fresh flowers, fruits, jellies and candies for her photographs in an unusual way. They are chaotically but thoughtfully arranged until their shapes and colors become scrambled like a strange but delightful dish or slightly grotesque organic wastes, or even, as the series’ title suggests, “intestines in rainbow colors.” This compact catalogue was published in conjunction with her solo exhibition at Tokyo’s photographers’ gallery which promotes young emerging photographers.

Soft cover, 9.75" x 7.5" (24.8 x 19.0cm)
20 pages
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Photographers' Gallery
Price: $12

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Yuhki Touyama

Sasurai

2008

Won a prize at Hitotsubo Award, well-known gateway of young photographers, Toyama came out to the world of photography. The youth between darkness and lights can be seen in her works that applauded by Miyako Ishiuchi.

Soft cover, 8.3" x 11.7" (21.0 x 29.7cm)
112 pages
Edition:
Publisher: artbeat publishers
Price: $55

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Yuhki Touyama

Line 13

2008

Photographs taken around Tokyo After the loss of one of Touyama's closest friends. A mix of snapshots, ranging from the intensely personal to the impassively objective.

, 7" x 11.6" (18 x 29.7cm)
112 pages
Edition: First
Publisher: AKAAKA ART PUBLISHING, Inc.
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Shoji Ueda

Hysteric Sixteen "Small Biography"

2006

This 2006 limited-edition monograph presents the work of the legendary Japanese photographer Shoji Ueda (1913-2000), whose retrospective exhibition A Subtle Line was on tour in Europe from 2005 to 2008. Ordinary people, landscapes, and street scenes seem frozen before his camera and yet these images gradually reveal the characters of their subjects. More than 150 subtle black and white photographs, originally published in Camera Mainichi (Japan’s renowned photo magazine like Life) from 1974 to 1985, are exquisitely reproduced in this volume. The book features a yellow cloth cover with a clear acetate protective jacket. We have only one copy available for this out of print item.

Hard cover , 9" x 10.25" (22.86 x 26.035cm)
168 pages
Edition: 1st, 678/1000
Publisher: Hysteric Glamour
Price: $300

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Yumiko Utsu

OUT of ARK

2009

In Utsu’s world, the sumptuousness of glossy food photography collides with unsettling and erotic anthropomorphic deviations. Kittens with octopus eyes, priapic carrots, decomposing tomatoes, and parasite-infested dolls walk the line between desire and disgust. Exhibited in Tokyo and London, ‘Out Of Ark’ is an essential introduction to Utsu’s work that will disturb, amuse, revolt and delight, in equal – or not so equal – measure.

, 7" x 10" (18 x 26cm)
102 pages
Edition: First
Publisher:
Price: $50

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Osamu Wataya

Juvenile

2010

Osamu Wataya's Juvenile documents the lives of a group of children which he befriended in a small village in Ukraine in 2007. Wataya journeyed back two times since his initial meeting to complete the project. The images present the dynamics between that of an adult and a child. The photographer is present and allowed into the realms of the children's lives, not as a stranger and neither as a friend. Instead Wataya is allowed to engage within the world of the children photographed within an in-between space where he neither poses as an authoratorive figure or as an adult but more so as a viewer, as if kindly and casually invited by the group to engage along the peripheries of entire acceptance. The resulting images are viceral and striking, presenting the viewer the comming of age and awakenings of the children, attempting to engage with their future adultworld and concepts of adulthood already known to them. Included within the publication is an essay written by the Shino Kuraishi entitled 'Children of the Outsdie' including its English translation. Limited of 1000 copies

, 9" x 7" (23.5 x 18.7cm)
128 pages
Edition: First
Publisher: Rat Hole Gallery
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Yu Yamauchi

Yoake

2010

To create "Yoake," Yu Yamauchi lived on the summit of Mt. Fuji for almost five months straight--four years in a row. During this time, almost two and a half years, Yamauchi photographed the sunrise ("Yoake") from this point nearly 3000m above sea level. The results of this effort are often spectacular: at times the photographs almost seem to show an alien world, full of brilliant yellows, searing oranges, and radiant blues. But this book is not just about showing a beautiful scenery which is far removed from our daily lives. By reaching a point as far away from the earth--and as close to outer space--as possible, Yamauchi asks the viewer to consider the fragility of their own existence. The unique printing of the book features a dust jacket which folds out into a full-size poster.

Softcover, 11.75" x 8.75" (29.6 x 22.5cm)
96 pages
Edition: 1st, signed copy, sold out edition, only available here.
Publisher: AKAAKA art publishing
Price: $175

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Yu Yamauchi

DAWN (hard cover edition)

2012

Following the success of almost sold-out softcover edition "Yoake,"  the same publisher released this newly designed hardcover edition "DAWN." Although they keep the exact contents (same color plates), this edition is also more accessible to oversea readership with an insertion of artist's statement in English.  

To create "Yoake," Yu Yamauchi lived on the summit of Mt. Fuji for almost five months straight--four years in a row. During this time, almost two and a half years, Yamauchi photographed the sunrise ("Yoake") from this point nearly 3000m above sea level. The results of this effort are often spectacular: at times the photographs almost seem to show an alien world, full of brilliant yellows, searing oranges, and radiant blues. But this book is not just about showing a beautiful scenery which is far removed from our daily lives. By reaching a point as far away from the earth--and as close to outer space--as possible, Yamauchi asks the viewer to consider the fragility of their own existence. 

Hardcover, 12" x 9" (30 x 23cm)
96 pages
Edition: 1st.
Publisher: AKAAKA art publishing
Editor: Art Director: Kazuya KondoPrice: $75

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Miwa Yanagi

Fairy Tale - Strange Stories of Women Young and Old

2007

Miwa Yanagi's surreal photographs borrow on diverse elements ranging from film noir to fairy tales, such as those of the Brothers Grimm. The collection here tells a variety of visual tales which reflect on themes such as age, beauty, and mythology, depicted through the actions of a young and a old woman. Elegantly presented and bound in an embossed cover, the photographs come accompanied by an interview with the photographer herself.

Hard cover, 11" x 9.6" (28 x 24.4cm)
92 pages
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Seigensha
Editor: Hitomi KintaniPrice: Out of Stock

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Tomoko Yoneda

Between Visible

2004

"I am interested in history which is constructed by accumulation of people's memory and leads to our imagination. I take photographs not just because I am attracted to the form of a subject, but also because I want to express an individually unique, hidden psychological fact, 'beyond the visual image'" (Tomoko Yoneda). Between Visible represents unique perceptions of some major intellectual figures of the late nineteenth to middle twentieth centuries: Sigmund Freud, Herman Hesse, James Joyce, Gustav Mahler, Junichiro Tanizaki, Le Corbusier, Mahatma Ghandi, and Leon Trotsky. Key objects that helped shape the work of these scholars are viewed through their actual eyeglasses giving tiny clues to various aspects of their lives. "Between Visible and Invisible" refers to the correlation between the image on the surface (the visible) and the unknown narrative beneath the surface (the invisible) which when revealed changes the context of the photograph. Since graduating from art school in 1991, Tomoko Yoneda has exhibited widely in the United States, England, Japan, and Russia. Between Visible is her first monograph. Introduction by Kotaro Iizawa. A special edition, presented in a clamshell box with an original print, is also available.

Hard cover , 14" x 11" (35.5 x 27.9cm)
32 pages
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Nazraeli Press
Price: Out of Stock

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