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Shomei Tomatsu: Skin of the Nation Hardcover – 31 Aug 2004
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"Tomatsu's intensely subjective themes and experimental images were decisive to me in my youth... I had eyes for no other photographer." - Daido Moriyama, foreword to Shomei Tomatsu"
About the Author
Sandra S. Phillips is senior curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Leo Rubinfien is a photographer and frequent contributor to Art in America; John W. Dower is professor of history at M.I.T. and winner of numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award; Daido Moriyama is one of the most important photographers living in Japan today.
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fine quality of print. nice ilustrations and set of pictures.
this book is one of my favorite
A third of the book is taken up by essay, leaving over a 100 good sized images. You feel disappointed the images in the essay section are not larger though! The design is good, but not good design for the images. Images read better if given a good sized white boarder on all sides and spreading images over two pages is plain annoying. The design likes itself too much and doesn't respect the images enough to stand for themselves. design shouldn't distract from the images. Sorry I'm old fashioned.
The printing seems a little soft here too, the Phadon 55 printing is the opposite, being rather harsh. The Phadon 55 is a very good bargain for first tastes of an artists work, then try this book. Phadon has 55 images, this book has about 112 good sized plates, the exhibition had around 250 images. I wish the book had been a little more comprehensive.
Everyone half civilised can name at least one Japanese Author, it seems odd that a photographer who requires no translation (everyone knows enough about Japan to make sense of these images), is unknown to most in the West. I can only think cultural racism is to blame, as Tomatsu should be as well known as his American and European contemporaries. It's time to catch up, and hopefully more work will become available in English publications. And better quality printing too...
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