zondag 5 oktober 2014
Japan the most profound Bookmaking Country after the War 10×10 Japanese Photobooks Photography
Prolific photographer, collector, and author Martin Parr expands his definitive account of an eye-popping genre :
... Some of Parr's favorite books were bought during his travels. "A lot of the great books published in Europe don't even get to the United States," he says. Those from other parts of the world are even rarer. He still raves about the "revelation" of a 1991 trip to Japan, where adventurous books created in the sixties by Eikoh Hosoe, Kikuji Kawada, Daido Moriyama, and Shomei Tomatsu changed the course of his collection. Kawada's The Map and Hosoe's Kamaitachi are art objects, with elaborate slipcases, decorated covers, gatefolds, and such astonishing attention to detail that just the act of turning the page becomes a theatrical event.
"The number of good books coming out of Japan continues to amaze me," Parr remarks. "I find things from the sixties and seventies that I've never heard of before. And why not? Japan, the most profound bookmaking country after the war, was entirely overlooked by America and Europe until recently. It just beggars belief, and it highlights how subjective the history of photography has been." Since so much of that history is contained in photobooks, Parr's private collection and his two-volume survey are significant steps in opening up the canon ...