on 24 August 2012
I great book, full of intelligent, often passionate writing on photography from Japanese photographers. I liked the varied essay's and musings on the subject, sometimes personal, sometimes aesthetic, occasionally technical in nature. A view inside the mindset of Eastern artists. Worth buying...
on 2 March 2014
If you're interested in Japanese photography or more to the point Japanese Photographers then this is really an interesting book.
The book has so many entries from so many of the great Japanese photographers of the 50's, 60's and 70's plus more from more recent years and all of them are so diverse in what they have to say.
In some cases it is a very nice insight into a Japan from a bygone era at a time when the country was struggling and growing massively after World War II. Others are a more insightful look at how they see photography as an art form and where it fits etc. Some of the entries have deeply personal thoughts and feelings too.
This is the kind of book that you may not read from cover to cover in a week or so. It's more a book that you would want to pick up and browse the different entries and read a few at a time. I felt is was a very thoughtful book.
Many of the entries in this book have been translated for the first time into English and published for non Japanese speakers to read. It is a real treat to be able to read more of some of the great Japanese photographers - Until now, as Westerners, we only were able to see their photos and were unable to read any of their thoughts in the original publishings.
If you have any interest in Japanese photo books and the photographers from that movement then this book is really worth your time.