Frank Rothe, Running through the wind

Published 2007, by Le Caillou Bleu

Suda Issei, Minyou-Sanga

Published by Tosei-sha, 2007, bought at Le Bal books

I love this mix of modern and old, and the smell of the book !

10x10 Japanese photobooks

I have been asked to make a selection of 10 Japanese photobooks for the 10x10 Japanese photobooks. Here is my statement for this, and my choice.

I love the pondering side of Japanese photography. Japanese photobooks are compilations of poems for me. Some poets are well known; some use light; some use nostalgia. I love the magic of Japanese photobooks —a magic that can only be encountered during a visit to Japan.

Shuichiro Shibata, Bus stop (Tokyo: Little More, 2010)

Bus stops are everywhere, especially in Japan, so it is an excuse for Shibata-san to make a portrait of the country. More pictures of the book here.

Tomomi Matsutani, 2010.3 (Self-published, 2010)

"Miss, it’s snowing !". The snow scene is my photographic magnet, too. So I felt very much attracted to this trip. More pictures of the book here.

Shingo Wakagi, T (Hamamatsu, Shizuoka: Young Tree Press, 2001)

An inventory of Shingo Wakagi’s grandfather’s tools. As the man was getting older, he had made his tools lighter so that he can use them for his farm-work. A great and simple lesson. All black and white.

Hiroshi Nomura, Exdora (Self-published, 2008 (reprint of 1991))

A xerox self-published book with a Japanese binding. See more pictures of the book here.

Shinichiro Kobayashi, American Twins (Magazine House, 1992)

What could be American photographs (theme, way to photograph, light…) but Japanese.

Daisaku Nishimiya, Hi mi tsu ki chi (Tokyo: Shogakukan, 2009)

Photographs of children huts in Tokyo. See more pictures here.

Orie Ichihashi, Paris (Tokyo: PIE books, 2011)

The very first time I’m being surprised with Paris photographs. My city. I love it again through Ichibashi’s eyes. See more pictures of the book here.

Masafumi Sanai, Ikiteiru (Seigensha, 1997)

A book Pierre brought me from a Tokyo trip, Sanai-san quickly became one of my favorite Japanese photographers. More pictures of the book here. More Masafumi Sanai books there.

Katsumi Omori, Bonjour (Tokyo: Match and co, 2010)

An (unfocused) rabbit story. More pictures of the book here.

Syoin Kajii, Nami (Tokyo: Foil, 2007)

Photographs or Japanese water prints? I got this book signed from Syoin Kajii, a Buddhist monk in the Paris Photo fair.

More details about the ICP Library Reading room, live 28-30 September 12, with 100 photobooks selected by 10 specialists there, and the online “space” with another 100 books chosen by online specialists.

Ken (my new notebook) / 748 / MicrocordParapera / A Japanese photobook / Book dummy press / Visual culture blog / Des Livres et des Photos / Eyecurious

An event sponsored by ICP Library, organized by Russet Lederman, Matthew Carson and Olga Yatskevich.

Jean-Luc Mylayne

Published 2007 by Twin Palms

Daido Moriyama, Memory Hokkaido

Published by Akio Nagasawa, 2007

Martin Parr, Fashion Newspaper

Published 2007 by Paul Smith

Hiroshi Nomura, Eyes

Published 2007, by Akaaka

I already bought this book, more than 2 years ago, but Hiroshi Nomura sent me this signed copy, which I’m very happy

2 pieces of paper bringing poetry and magic

Yuji Obata, Wintertale

Published 2007 by Sokyu-sha, bought at Schaden

I would love to ice-skate, it always seemed magical to me

The paper has silver, to recall the cold of winter

Geoffroy de Boismenu, F2

Self-Published (Hong-Kong Phat) 2007, this was a present from Geoffroy

Love that picture (reminds me of Joseph Szabo)

Andrey Tarkovsky, Bright, bright day

Published 2007 by White Space Gallery, bought at Librairie de la Galerie, Paris.

See also the website dedicated to the book here.

This book was brought to my attention because Stephen Gill edited the pictures.

This is a book about life, family, friends.

[genius spread]

Mix it with the nostalgic feeling of 70’s polaroids, and a great sequencing

magic moments caught

Osamu Yokonami, なんのけない (単行本)

Published 2007 by Singpoosha, it’s a gift from Osamu Yokonami. Thanks.