Being there

Eiji OHASHI

  • After “Roadside Lights”, Eiji Ohashi’s next photographic exploration of the ubiquitous vending machines and the role they play in Japanese society. 
    “After snowfall, especially when driving in the north during snowstorms, sometimes the light from the vending machines helps me find my way. In these moments, the vending machines along the roadsides remind me of the hatted Jizō.” — Eiji Ohashi

  • ¥4,968 税込 / BUY
  • -Book Size: 225 x 297 mm / Pages: 88 pages, 60 images / Binding: Hardcover / Publication Date: 2017 / Language: Japanese, English / Edition: 1000 / ISBN: 978-4-908526-18-3

A gradual thaw

Toshiya MURAKOSHI

  • The quiet, powerful landscape photography comprising Toshiya Murakoshi’s series “A Gradual Thaw” were taken in his home prefecture of Fukushima between the years 2011 and 2015. With the project, Murakoshi looks for traces of his own memories.

    “If to photograph one’s hometown means ridding yourself of the ideas and objects acquired at birth and chasing after whatever is left at the very end, then to photograph different regions is an attempt to find and acquire new things, ideas and interest and try and see how far this process can lead.” (Toshiya Murakoshi)

  • ¥9,612 税込 / BUY
  • -Book Size: 260 x 368 mm / Pages: 34 pages, 14 images / Binding: Hardcover, lining board binding / Publication Date: 2017 / Language: Japanese, English / Edition: 1000 / ISBN: 978-4-908526-15-2

What is the Distance to the Moon?

Toshiya MURAKOSHI

  • “When the sun went down, the rain that had been falling since early evening stopped. Apart from my camera in the little plastic bag, my entire body was soaked. I don’t know if it was for this reason but every lodging that night had denied my request to stay, and so I was on the road, in the dark, walking aimlessly. A small part of the moon found an opening in the clouds and gave a small, sad shimmer of light, like the look on a dog that got separated from its owner. I blow some air through my lips, whistle a few times. Slowly the moon-lit clouds move a little, and I feel a little of my unease had disappeared from my body. Tonight I’ll just walk this road until I reach its end, no stopping, no turning around.” (Toshiya Murakoshi)

    The photographs in What is the Distance to the Moon? were taken between 2004 and 2005 in various areas of Japan, while Murakoshi traversed the country by train and on foot.

  • ¥5,400 / BUY
  • --Book Size: 243 x 308 mm / Pages: 64 pages, 34 images / Binding: Softcover / Publication Date: 2017 / Language: Japanese, English / Edition: 700 / ISBN: 978-4-908526-17-6

Thirteen Orphans

Tsutomu YAMAGATA

  • A beautiful re-release of Tsutomu Yamagata’s portrait series of the unique individuals he met around Ueno Park’s Shinobazu Pond.
    “There is something about the people I met at the park that peculiarly attracts me, something more than just how they look, just what they say about themselves. It is as if they had a kind of magnetic power, unseen and quiet, further attracting those who take a close look at them." (Tsutomu Yamagata)
    This new publication by Zen Foto Gallery and CASE Publishing adds 15 previously unreleased portraits to Yamagata’s original 2012 release.

  • ¥3,024 / BUY
  • -Book Size: 200 x 190 mm / Pages: 56 pages, 43 images / Binding: Softcover / Publication Date: 2017 / Language: Japanese, English / Limited Edition: 380 / ISBN: 978-4-908526-16-9

Water Mirror

Risaku SUZUKI

  • After Suzuki’s previous works were devoted to studies of Southern France’s Mt. St. Victoire or the atelier of Paul Cezanne, to images of cherry blossoms and snowfall, and - of course - to the lifelong documentation of his hometown Kumano, Suzuki’s latest photobook Water Mirror consists of 46 images that take the surface of water as their chosen subject.
    The book is a condensation of all that makes Suzuki’s photography so appealing: his profound ruminations on the subject of photography itself and the continuous questioning of what it means to “look”. With its luscious, thoughtful images, Water Mirror invites its reader on a voyage of perceptions unlike anything seen before. Concluding the book is an afterword by Japanese art critic Yuri Mitsuda (Japanese & English).

  • ¥8,424 / BUY
  • -Book Size: 260 x 330 mm / Pages: 112 pages, 46 images / Binding: Hardcover / Publication Date: 2017 / Language: Japanese, English / Edition: 1000 / ISBN: 978-4-908526-13-8

Theater of Love

Nobuyoshi ARAKI

  • The series consists of around 120 photographs taken around the year 1965, when Araki was working at advertising giant Dentsu. The photos are presented as a postcard-sized book, hidden in a Fuji photographic paper box replica, the same way Araki discovered his old prints.
    “I’ve found a cabinet box, labelled Theater of Love. Opening it, there were about 150 prints inside. They must have been taken around ’65, back when I was clicking away on an Olympus Pen F, experimenting with thermal development, fooling around with printing and film developing techniques. The photos are a record of me, the women and the life and the places of that era. Seems like I called them Theater of Love in those days. But either way — good stuff. Good photos. You can’t get this with digital.”
    — Nobuyoshi Araki

  • ¥6,912 / BUY
  • -Book Size: 180 x 133 mm / Pages: 242 pages, 119 images / Binding: Case / Publication Date: 2017 / Language: Japanese / Edition: 1000 / ISBN: 978-4-908526-12-1

Chai Wan Fire Station

Chan DICK

  • “One day, working in my office, I discovered that the window in my bathroom was overlooking the Chai Wan Fire Station. The view had much more to offer than I had originally imagined.”
    These humble words describe the beginning of a critically acclaimed (Hong Kong Photo Book Award 2015, Tokyo International Foto Award 2016) series shot by Hong Kong-based photographer Chan Dick. The small window in his office’s washroom became Chan Dick’s portal to the small world where the firemen lived their everyday lives: assemblies, washing up fire engines, pupils’ visits, volleyball games.
    “It so happened that the bathroom window of my workshop looked right over Chai Wan Fire Station, and offered a vantage point for an omniscient view of whatever was going on down there: assemblies, washing up fire engines, pupils’ visits, volleyball games. That tiny window opened up a brand-new chapter of a curious journey.”
    After the original and strictly limited publication became a success in the Asian photography world, the series is now finally available again in a new high-quality photobook issued.

  • ¥5,616 / BUY
  • Book Size: 255 x 255 mm / Pages: 82 pages, 39 images / Binding: Hardover / Publication Date: 2017 / Language: English, Chinese / Edition: 1000 / ISBN: 978-4-908526-14-5

Luigi GHIRRI

Luigi GHIRRI

  • This catalogue accompanies Luigi Ghirri’s solo exhibition “Works from the 1970s” at Taka Ishii Gallery and is centered around photographs created during the 1970s, arguably Ghirri’s most important creative period. By redefining photography as a concept and as an act, Ghirri’s work has played an important role in expanding the possibilities of visual art. The photographs chosen for the catalogue, created and published by Taka Ishii Gallery and Case Publishing, capture and represent Ghirri’s views at the outer and inner world, the relationship between reality and metaphysical duality and the distance between reality and representation expressed in Ghirri’s works.

    Ghirri spent his youth in the 1950s and 1960s, during a time of economic growth and cultural transition. He familiarized himself with art at this time, and through conceptual art, one of the most popular movements of the era, he began making photographs collaboratively with other artists pursuing photographic images that were not merely documentary recordings. Founded on experimentalism, Ghirri’s photographic practice is neither characterized by the professionalism of the studio photographer nor the amateurism of the photo fan. Through photography, he aimed to address the complexity and incomprehensibleness of the relation between the self and outside world. He trained his gaze at his subjects to acknowledge his positioning between the known and unknown.

    The themes and concepts addressed in Ghirri’s works are exceptionally diverse, but his photographs constitute a series of dialectical explorations focused on “the gaze.” Through his practice, he ceaselessly, intensively, and gracefully explored the relation between reality and image. His photographs demonstrate that images, such as ads and posters in public spaces, can be analytically categorized into “images turned into reality” and “reality turned into images.” They also show that the partial extraction and erasure of the world through framing exposes the ambiguous boundaries of reality and the changing form of the landscape, and that images projected by the viewer both produce and erase the actual and fantastic. Ghirri’s photographs are products of a search for harmony and diversity carried out by examining metaphysical binaries, such as reality and appearance (or mimicry), actuality and representation, presence and absence, and inner and outer worlds, at the same level. They indicate that photographs are not faithful reproductions of the world, but rather an assemblage of fragments of the “seen” world. His works thus suggest that all photographs are testimonies of the gaze and pose an infinite number of questions about how we might think through the image.

  • ¥6,264 / BUY
  • -Book Size: 272 x 225 mm / Pages: 62pages , 29 images / Binding: Softcover / Publication Date : 2017 / Language: Japanese, English

88

Yuri OZAKI

  • Shikoku, an island off Japan’s center. A 1200 year old journey over 1400 kilometers, connecting 88 sacred buddhist grounds. In Japan, it is know as Henro: the pilgrimage. 88 is also the number of earthly desires that can be eliminated through ascetic training.
    Following in the footsteps of Kūkai, one by one, I visit a sacred ground for each of my desires,
    and one by one my sins and my worries leave me.
    The pain that occupies my heart, too, slowly fades.
    In order to assure myself, in order to not forget, I take photographs.
    We may understand life itself as a pilgrimage’s journey.
    I am in the midst of this journey, and I am alive for each of its moments.

  • ¥3,888 / BUY
  • -Book Size295 x 210 mm / Pages: 90 pages / Binding: Softcover / Publication Date: 2017 / Language: English, Japanese / Limited Edition1000

Till Dawn

Takamoto YAMAUCHI

  • Everybody carries some psychological pain in their mind or heart, some more of it, some less.
    There are many who cannot escape from it.
    For me, there is nothing I can do but take their photos. I cannot save them, and I cannot be saved.
    This is a story about the pain of my mother, my sister, my girlfriend, of my pain and that of the women I have encountered.— Takamoto Yamauchi

    Using two types of black ink, the photos that make up this work as well as the cover surrounding it have been printed on Japan’s finest ultra high-gloss paper. The end paper has been printed in three colors (two types of black ink, one silver), on jet-black paper even darker than the ink, giving the impression of a tonally inversed print. The book was bound traditionally, using EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate). As a result, the pages can never quite be fully opened, with opposite pages reflecting the content of each other, hopefully pulling their reader even deeper into Takamoto’s work.

  • ¥4,536 / BUY
  • -Book Size : 297 x 210 mm / Pages : 112 pages, 60 images / Binding: Softcover / Publication Date : 2016 / Language Japanese / Limited Edition : 700

Remote Past a Memoir: 1951-1966

Kikuji KAWADA

  • Remote Past a Memoir: 1951 - 1966 has been published in conjunction with the third Daikanyama Photo Fair, for which his works have served as the main visuals. The photobook focuses on the years 1951 - 1966, an early period during which Kawada established his own photographic voice, and features works - highly regarded by the likes of Ihei Kimura and Ken Domon - that mark the starting point of his career as well as previously unpublished photographs. "A reminder that not only memories of the past, but memories regarding the future are lurking here. You experience deja-vus as well as jamais-vus. This is what happens when photos like these are collected together. They surpass time, they surpass space" (statement by the artist) This edition includes an afterword by Rei Matsuda, curator of the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, in Japanese and English.

  • ¥10,800 / BUY
  • -Book Size : 230 x 180 mm / Pages : 304 pages, 192 images / Binding : Softcover / Publication Date : 2016 / Language : English, Japanese / Limited Edition : 1000

Thomas Ruff Special Edition Catalog

Thomas RUFF

  • This photobook collection was printed in commemoration of the Thomas Ruff exhibitions at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and the 21st Century Museum for Modern Art, Kanazawa. Thomas Ruff Special Edition Catalog is the first collection world-wide to feature each of the 18 series in Ruff’s extensive portfolio. One of the special points about this collection is the use of different paper grades for the five included books. Previous publications by Thomas Ruff have been printed on paper that best fit the concept of the respective series. To honor the original intentions of each work, a total of six carefully selected paper grades were used in the production of this collection. The layout as well differs from usual publications and makes use of a pagination that best suits each individual series.

  • ¥37,800 / BUY
  • -Book Size : 291 x 229 mm / Pages : 296 pages / Binding : 5 Hardcover books with slipcase / Publication Date : 2016 / Language : German, English, Japanese / Edition : 1100

Tenko

hanayo, Hajime SAWATARI

  • Hanayo found the Alice book on her way home from school. She was 15.
    Tenko moved to Tokyo and met Hajime Sawatari. She was 15.
    In London, when Alice was photographed, Hanayo was 3.
    Alice was Tenko’s favourite book when she was 3.
    When Hanayo moved to London, she was 19.
    Tenko left Tokyo and Hanayo. She was 19.
    The universe cycles. The wonders of life.

    -From the artist's statement

    Tenko, her beloved daughter, has always been an important subject for Japanese artist Hanayo. After the birth of Tenko, Hanayo has documented her daughter’s growing up between Tokyo and Berlin, in her double capacity as mother and artist.
    One of the first and second books Tenko came into contact with during her childhood was “Shojo Arisu (Alice)” (1973) by Hajime Sawatari, In Hanayo’s photos, Tenko can be seen squatting over the photo book, reading in it as if it were a picture book.
    At 15, Tenko met the creator of this favourite book of hers, photographer Hajime Sawatari. After their initial encounter, Tenko went on to become one of Sawatari’s most important photographic subjects. Five years later, the two have collaborated on photographic works that carry the mystical, distant sensuality of the original “Alice” photobook.

    The photo book “Tenko” is an intersection between Hanayo’s photos, taken in her role as Tenko’s mother, and Hajime Sawatari’s mystical, sensual photos inspired by Tenko’s favourite childhood book, Sawatari’s “Alice”. s

  • ¥6,264 / BUY
  • -Book Size: 150 x 210 mm / Pages : 368 pages, 308 images / Binding : Hardcover / Publication Date : 2016 / Language : English, Japanese / Edition: 1500

Last Year's Photographs Limited Edition

Nobuyoshi ARAKI

  • A recent addition to Nobuyoshi Araki’s seemingly endless stream of books is this collection of photographs taken on the streets of Tokyo around 1975. Recently rediscovered in a box labeled Last Year’s Photographs, these pictures, unseen until this publication, will appeal to those with an interest in street photography in general and the work of this genre’s Japanese photographers in particular. Through the thirty-eight images featured, Araki’s lens glides through Tokyo in the midst of it’s economic miracle-era- but rather than skyscrapers and an army of salarymen we are shown a city populated by normal citizens going about their private lives in a setting that, compared to today’s megapolis, captures a lost realness with the lived-in roughness and scuffed concrete streets of the times. This beautiful book of sometimes seemingly understated wide-angle snapshots illustrate not only the city itself but a still-early era of the photographer’s career.

    Last Year’s Photographs is available in two different versions- both books are faithful to the size of the original prints and both include the entire set of thirty-eight images. The softcover, printed in an edition of 1500 copies, is the kind of photobook that encourages repeat flip-throughs- each viewing resulting in a new discovery within the frames inside.

    The hardcover version, presented in an impeccable replica of the original Mitsubishi Hishicopy Photo Paper box in which the prints were stored for over forty years, enhances the Last Year’s Photographs experience through not only its unique cover but also through its striking embossed cover and codex binding- a binding method which allows for perfectly flat viewing of each individual page- something that closely simulates viewing the actual prints themselves. Produced in a limited run of 500 copies, the hardcover version is, even amongst nearly five-hundred other Araki books, a unique object in and of itself.

  • ¥7,560 / BUY
  • -Book Size : 262 x 180 mm / Pages : 80 pages, 38 images / Binding : Hardcover, case / Publication Date : 2016 / Limited Edition500

Last Year's Photographs

Nobuyoshi ARAKI

  • A recent addition to Nobuyoshi Araki’s seemingly endless stream of books is this collection of photographs taken on the streets of Tokyo around 1975. Recently rediscovered in a box labeled Last Year’s Photographs, these pictures, unseen until this publication, will appeal to those with an interest in street photography in general and the work of this genre’s Japanese photographers in particular. Through the thirty-eight images featured, Araki’s lens glides through Tokyo in the midst of it’s economic miracle-era- but rather than skyscrapers and an army of salarymen we are shown a city populated by normal citizens going about their private lives in a setting that, compared to today’s megapolis, captures a lost realness with the lived-in roughness and scuffed concrete streets of the times. This beautiful book of sometimes seemingly understated wide-angle snapshots illustrate not only the city itself but a still-early era of the photographer’s career.

    Last Year’s Photographs is available in two different versions- both books are faithful to the size of the original prints and both include the entire set of thirty-eight images. The softcover, printed in an edition of 1500 copies, is the kind of photobook that encourages repeat flip-throughs- each viewing resulting in a new discovery within the frames inside.

  • ¥3,024 / BUY
  • -Book Size : 262 x 180 mm / Pages : 80 pages, 38 images / Binding : Softcover / Publication Date : 2016 / Limited Edition : 1500

Belongings

Miyako ISHIUCHI

  • Published in 2015 by Case Publishing and produced by the Fine-Arts Photography Association of Japan, Ishiuchi Miyako’s Belongings contains a selection of her most recent and well known bodies of work published on occasion of the 2015 Daikanyama Photo Fair. Bound within are images from three of her photographic series; _Mothers (2000-2005), Hiroshima__(2007) _andFrida by Ishiuchi Miyako (2013), which bring together the most comprehensive collection of published images of her on going exploration into the remnants of individuals and our relationship to both time and memory.

    Included within is an afterward by Chief curator of Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography Kasahara Michiko, Text is available in both Japanese and English.

  • ¥5,400 / BUY
  • - Book Size : 288 x 232 mm / Pages : 160 pages, 120 images / Binding : Hardcover / Publication Date : 2015 / Producer : Fine-Art Photography Association / Limited Edition : 2000