Japan: A Self-Portrait published

I’m happy to announce that a new book about Japanese photography has been published in English as follows:

Title: Japan : A Self Portrait

By: Osam Hiraki, Alain Sayag, Keeichi Takeuchi
Publisher: Flammarion; (October 29, 2004)
ISBN: 2080304631
Hardcover, 216 pages

This is a major work featuring B/W works produced during the post-war period of 1945 to 1964 by well-known Japanese photographers. They are Ken Domon, Hiroshi Hamaya, Tadahiko Hayashi, Eikoh Hosoe, Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Kikuji Kawada, Ihee Kimura, Shigeichi Nagano, Ikko Narahara, Takeyoshi Tanuma, and Shomei Tomatsu.

It’s mainly documentary photos and while many are already well-known and published, there are some that are rarely seen. Everything is in English and a complete book review is forthcoming. It is really a beautiful book.

I was one of the consultants for this book, and my name and Web site are mentioned in the Acknowledgements.

Japanese and French versions are also available. See sample photos at Amazon.com.

New photography mailing list

Since today Nov. 3 is Culture Day in Japan (a national holiday), I want to announce a new Japan-related photography mailing list at Yahoo! Groups that I have just started.

Its main purpose is to share information and tips for photographing Japan. Be it festivals, sports, people, seasonal events, flowers, landscapes, etc. You can also upload and show your Japan pictures in the Photos section and read/post notices about upcoming festivals and events in your area. We also have discussions that pro photographers in Japan would be interested in.

Most of the starting members on the list are professional photographers living in Japan or who have lived in Japan. They are a very knowledgeable group of people and many are bilingual or trilingual. They serve as a firm and friendly foundation for this mailing list.

Note that we are not here to answer touristy questions like where the best camera shops are or street prices of camera equipment in Japan.

I’m the moderator and membership is restricted. This means you have to sign up for a Yahoo ID and join the group in order to read the messages, view photos, etc. We are not listed in the Yahoo! Groups directory yet.

If you’re interested in joining, send me email and introduce yourself if I don’t know you personally. As long as you’re not a spammer or an undesirable person, your membership will be approved.

When you join, I will ask you to introduce yourself on the list and also upload at least one photo of Japan that you took or provide a link to a Web page showing your photo(s) of Japan. That will break the ice and everybody will know who you are. Hope to see you there!

Update: This mailing list has closed in 2010 in favor of a new Facebook Group.

Culture Prize to Daido Moriyama in Germany

Daido Moriyama will be presented with the Cultural Award of the German Society for Photography (DGPH) on November 1. applause

The presentation will take place in the Komedsaal, Media Park 7, Cologne, at 11:00 a.m.
Laudatio: Ferdinand Brueggemann; Lecture on Daido Moriyama: Masafumi Fukagawa, Kawasaki City Museum

Daido Moriyama born in 1938 in Osaka is one of the most important Japanese photographers since 1945. His work plays a central role in establishing Japanese photography as one of the most creative directions in the history of photography. During the “Provoke Era” at the end of the 1960s/beginning of the 1970s Moriyama made a significant contribution to the development of photography and his influence on younger Japanese artists continues up until today.

by Kamui

Cameraman’s handy booklet in Asahi Camera

If you can read Japanese, be sure to buy this month’s Asahi Camera magazine (Nov. 2004 issue). It includes a small booklet called “Cameraman Benricho 2005.”

This little booklet looks unimpressive, but it is actually packed very useful information:

– List of photo galleries/museums in Japan (including gallery maps for Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Kyoto, Fukuoka).
– A 2005 calendar of events listing the dates of major festivals in Japan (there are many!).
– A list of 120 best spots for cherry blossoms in Japan.
– A directory of tourist information offices in all 47 prefectures.

And this is only Volume 1. Volume 2 is coming in next month’s issue. I look forward to seeing what information it will have.

Bronica ETRSi discontinued

Tamron has announced that the Bronica ETRSi medium-format camera and its lenses/accessories will be discontinued at the end of Dec. 2004. It has been on the market for 28 years.

Servicing and spare parts will be available for about 10 years for the camera and lenses (5 years for accessories).

Izima Kaoru at Von Lintel Gallery Oct. 12-Nov. 13, 2004

Izima Kaoru
Landscapes with a Corpse

October 14 – November 13, 2004

Von Lintel Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by Japanese photographer Izima Kaoru. This exhibition depicts his romantic and provocative vision of beauty. In the ongoing Landscapes with a Corpse series, color and environment play a key role. Kaoru’s photographs possess a mysteriously alluring quality, both beautiful and tragic.

He orchestrates the process with an intense attention to detail, choosing a specific designer’s clothing for his models. Then with a cinematic flare, he choreographs their exact placement. Each shot captures the subject from a different angle and distance, providing the viewer with a sense of both wonder and resolution.

Kaoru views death as an integral part of life, rather than the opposite, and makes this apparent with his dynamic compositions and vibrant, celebratory choice of color. Landscapes with a Corpse evokes feelings of sympathy, while allowing the experience of death to be triumphantly graceful, beautiful, and inviting.

Izima Kaoru has exhibited widely in the United States and Europe, and is represented in numerous public and private collections internationally. A catalogue of this series will be available.

For more information please contact the gallery at 212 242 0599 or mailto: gallery@vonlintel.com


555 WEST 25th STREET
NEW YORK, NY 10001

T : 1 212 242 0599
F : 1 212 242 0803

Introducing PhotoWords!

At long last! A large list of basic vocabulary in English and Japanese for photographers in Japan has been created. You can find over 1100 words to help you improve your Japanese.

Find out about paper sizes in Japan, film formats, and common Japanese words you see all over the place.

Besides the main list of all the words, there are also word list categories such as for cameras, lenses, and digital photography. This is the largest online list of its kind in the world.

Just click on “PhotoWords” in the NewsZONE menu box on the left.

Compiled by Philbert Ono and checked by a few translator and photographer friends.

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