Our third photobook meet-up took place last Saturday evening and was focused on Japan. Russet Lederman and Jeff Gutterman were our special guests and shared gems from their incredible collection of Japanese photobooks. They have been collecting photoboks for over 10 years and have a lot to share. What a great presentation and a show of books it was!
It was a rare opportunity to see first edition (1986) of Masahisa Fukase’s Karasu (Ravens), Eikoh Hosoe’s two versions of Barakei (1963/1971), Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Sea of Buddha, Ikko Narahara’s Espana Grand Tarde (1969) (and more!) and discover less known books like Jun Miki’s Samba Samba Brazil, Shuji Terayama’s Dog-God People. Russet also brought Osamu Kanemura’s book from the performance Human Noise Amplifier that took place in Tokyo, organized by Ivan Vartanian. If you are interested in Japanese photobooks, do follow Russet’s posts on the ICP blog.
Among other books on the table we had: Japanese Photobooks of the 1960s and 70s (Ivan Vartanian and Ryuichi Kaneko), probably the best starting point to learn about Japanese photobook culture; Daido Moriyama’s COLOR and ’71-NY; 2005 reprint of Kikuji Kawada’s Chizu; Kohei Yoshiyuki’s The Park;recent book by Yutaka Takanashi; Provoke magazines (reprint); Taro Hirano’s Pool, IMA, this new magazine offers Japanese view on Western photography; Rinko Kawauchi’s Illuminance; Mystic Water byKurita Keiko; 2011/03/13 Tsukuba-Narita by Jens Liebchen.
I was happy to see new faces, and more people being inspired by the photobook culture. It was also an occasion to chat with people who are known in the photobook community: Ken Schles was our special guest last meet-up; Victor Sira and Shiori Kawasaki have been working with photobooks for a long time and just launched Bookdummypress, a publishing company and an online bookstore; Adam Bell is a photographer and he also writes about photobooks on his blog. Regulars at Dashwood Books know wonderful Miwa Susuda. Harvey Benge happened to be in NYC and stopped by (btw, check his blog for upcoming photobook on NYC!)
Special thank you to RESOBOX for hosting the event. RESOBOX, a gallery dedicated to Japanese art, was a perfect place to engage in the dialogue with the Japanese photobook culture. Current exhibition in the gallery is “Yellow Cab + Wasabi” by Mayuko Okada. Check their calendar for other events.
Thank you Mathieu for all the photographs!
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