Morten Andersen, Blå skog / Blue forest


Self-published 2009 (with the support of Arts Council Norway), bought at Le Bal books










Hiroshi Yamazaki, Early works 1969-1974


Published 2009 by Disk Union, it was brought to my attention by my friend Tomoki, while visiting Izu Photo Museum and Araki’s photobook exhibition in May









signed copy, numbered 19/999

Nao Tsuda, Coming closer

Published by Akaaka, 2009

Gentaro Ishizuka, Lensman

Published 2009 by Akaaka, bought during our Japan trip, back in May

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.

Aizawa Kanji, Wild road self

Published 2009 by Treat press, bought at On Reading (2100¥)

Katsumi Omori, Jiro Kimura

Published 2009 by Match & co, bought at Shelf

Pierre had wanted this book for a few months. et voilà !

Daisaku Nishimiya, Hi mi tsu ki chi

Published by Shogakukan 2009, bought at Kinokunya (3333¥)

Secret children’s huts in Tokyo

Taisuke Koyama, Entropix

Published 2009 by Artbeat publishers, bought during the Fotobook festival at Le Bal

great inside cover

mmm I think we’ve had a little problem here. I had the last copy, and it’s dedicated to Hervé. If you are Hervé and want to trade for the Laurence copy, get in touch !

Otherwise, I can live with Hervé’s copy

blanc d’Espagne, I love blanc d’Espagne

a few white spread, in the middle of the book

details, details, details

Colin Hewitt, Weavings

Published 2009, by J and L, bought during the 5th Photobook Festival

Love the rainbow typo

Ben Watts, Lickshot

Published 2009, by Princeton Architectural Press, bought at Mona Lisait, during a Saturday afternoon family walk in Paris.

Sorry I was kept busy with my life 1.0, so I thought it was time for me to provide you with this fashion / portrait photographer’s book, for you to share a little something of my daily life !