Setting Sun

Writings by Japanese Photographers

By Vartanian, Ivan & Hatanaka, Akihiro & Kanbayashi, Yutaka

Publishers Summary:
The recent rise in the West of Japanese photography makes Setting Sun a crucial document. The first anthology of its kind to appear in English, this book collects key texts written from the 1950s to the present by the country's most celebrated and controversial photographers, and illuminates a set of ideas, rules, and aesthetics that are specific to Japanese culture, but often little known elsewhere. Contributors include Takuma Nakahira and Daido Moriyama, in whose landmark late-60s magazine Provoke a radically new direction in Japanese photography was set; Nobuyoshi Araki, the provocative and prolific chronicler of bound girls (among other subjects); and Eikoh Hosoe, whose collaborations with the Butoh dance master Hijikata and the novelist Mishima made him prominent as an intellectual figure as well as a photographer. In addition, there are selections from modern masters such as Masahisa Fukase, Takashi Homma, Takuma Nakahira, and Hiroshi Sugimoto. Each chapter in the book is devoted to a central theme that is particular to Japanese photography, such as the role of nostalgia in a culture that has often sought to jettison its past amid the shadows of a war lost. The writings vary in form from diary entry to scholarly treatise, but all reflect a clear connection between word and image, one so essential that no comprehensive consideration of Japanese photography can be complete without it. Edited by Ivan Vartanian, Akihiro Hatanaka and Yutaka Kanbayashi. Hardcover, 5.5 x 8.5 in./224 pgs / 20 duotones.

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ISBN
978-1-93178-883-0
Publisher
Aperture


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Library Journal

Reviewed on April 17, 2006

Buoyed by a robust tradition of artist monographs and photo magazines, Japanese photographers have produced a body of written work that delves deep into the aesthetic, technical and historical aspects of photography, while at the same time recounting episodes from the photographers' personal lives. The 30 pieces collected here range in tone from polemical and philosophical to slyly humorous, and the authors' personal revelations are often disarmingly intimate. There is...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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