SKIRA are renowned for their high quality Photography Series and this is a worthy addition to their catalogue. The editor has sensitively presented a selection of work by Japanese photographers in a stimulating display of new trends in Japanese photography – Most Highly Recommended.
NAME:New Trends in Japanese Photography FILE: R2614 AUTHOR: editor, Filippo Maggia PUBLISHER: SKIRA BINDING: soft back PAGES: 167 PRICE: £35.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Maiko Haruki, Naoki Ishikawa, Tomoko Murakoshi, Yurie Nagashima, Sohei Nishino, Koji Onaka, Yuki Onodera, Chino Otsuka, Tomoko Sawada, Leiko Shiga, Risaku Suzuki, Ryoko Suzuki, Chikako Yamashiro ISBN: 978-88-572-3279-9 IMAGE: B2614.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/y8bveakh LINKS: DESCRIPTION: SKIRA are renowned for their high quality Photography Series and this is a worthy addition to their catalogue. The editor has sensitively presented a selection of work by Japanese photographers in a stimulating display of new trends in Japanese photography – Most Highly Recommended. In general, Japanese photographers are not well known in Europe and this new book has set out to correct this lack of visibility. Perhaps the first question on viewing a collection of outstanding images is whether it truly represents current Japanese photographic trends. The answer is in the Biography section at the back of the book. Each of the photographers is presented by a brief, but informative, biography that indicates their achievements in awards and exhibitions. SKIRA often produces its books with English and Italian as twinned languages. This book has concentrated on English. This may disappoint some regular readers, but as this is a work of international importance, English, in some form, is now the International language in so many areas of life and the major content of the book is imagery, which is truly international. In view of the nationality of the photographers, it may bring to mind the difficulties in choosing a language for a work that should have very wide appeal. Before World War Two a Japanese scientist made the very important discovery of the Northern Jet Stream. He fully recognized the importance of his work and wanted the World to know and to encourage further research. With the best intentions, he published his work in Esperanto, believing this to be THE International language. The result was that almost no one, even in Japan, read of his discovery and the jet streams were re-discovered only when US B-29 bomber crews were flying over Japan at very high altitude and finding their aircraft refusing to follow the required course to target, as jet stream winds blew them back and sideways. The editor has presented a selection of work that captures the remarkably complex range of new Japanese photographic work. It is extremely varied, enticing and stimulating. The production of the book is first class and provides a faithful platform for each of the images. The work is very different from typical images produced in Europe and this is a collection that should appeal to a very wide audience, provoking fresh thought that could produce a completely new set of trends that draw from both European and Japanese trends.