10x10 Japanese Photobooks
As a part of 10x10 Japanese Photobooks, phot(o)lia features one critic/ writer/ blogger/ publisher a day to introduce 10 resources dedicated to photobooks. Each contributor suggests 10 Japanese photobooks for 10x10 online. Join the discussion on 10x10 photobooks here.
About Rémi Coignet + Nina Poppe’s Selection for 10x10 Japanese Photobooks
We have chosen recent books for this selection: some of them are still available and most of the others are easily found. Our aim was to reflect the wealth and the diversity of Japanese photobooks. Tomoko Sawada, for example, examines the status of women via a children’s book, while Takashi Homma photographs radioactive mushrooms, victims of the Fukushima catastrophe. Yuji Obata captures a mournful winter, whereas Orie Ichinhashi prefers the gentle summer. Still other photographers question the very nature of photographic representation. In all cases, the object itself is paramount. Hence, Lieko Shiga’s precious images are encased in a book as elegant as it is delicate.
Visit http://deslivresetdesphotos.blog.lemonde.fr to see Rémi Coignet + Nina Poppe’s selection for 10x10 online.
Rémi Coignet is a writer, editor, and graphic designer. Based in Paris, France, he runs the blog Des livres et des photos. His writings have been published in various national and international magazines.
About Nina Poppe
Please visit the 10×10 Japanese Photobooks Reading Room
September 28-30, 3pm to 9pm
Opening: Friday, September 28 from 7-9pm
ICP Bard MFA Studio
24-20 Jackson Avenue, 3rd Floor, Long Island City
(Runs concurrently with the New York Art Book Fair and is located across the street from MoMA PS1.)