I really can't add much to the glowing reviews of this book you can find on the eyecurious, nyartbeat, 5B4, Conscientious, freelibrary (from Afterimage), and newyorker Internet sites. Suffice it to say that if you like photography, especially artistic photography, especially artistic photography books, this is something you'll want on your shelf.
It's 9x12 inches and 240 pages of information and enjoyment. Ryuichi Kaneko in the "Introduction" reflects on the personal impact of Japanese photobooks. Ivan Vartanian's essay "The Japanese Photobook: Toward an Immediate Media" gives a great scholarly overview of the book's topic. An interview with famed photographer and photobook maker Daido Moriyama provides an interesting artist's perspective.
The body of the book describes 43 (by my count) Japanese photobooks. Space does not allow a complete listing here (for that, check out the ajapanesebook site), but among the books are Nobuyoshi Araki's "Sentimental Journey," "Okinawa: Araki Nobuyoshi Photobook 2," and "Tokyo: Araki Nobuyoshi Photobook 3"; Ken Domon's "The Children Of Chikuho"; Masahisa Fukase's "Ravens"; Eikoh Hosoe's "Man And Woman"; Yasuhiro Ishimoto's "Someday, Somewhere"; Kawada Kikuji's "The Map"; Daido Moriyama's "Japanese Theater"; Takuma Nakahira's "For A Language To Come"; and Yutaka Takanashi's "Towards The City." For each book, you get a photo of the slipcase (if available) and of the front cover; a description of the book's publisher, size, method of printing, etc; a 1-2 page essay about the book; and photos of several page spreads. The page spread photos are high-quality and can be up to half the size of the book's pages, so they allow the reader to appreciate nuances of the photobooks.
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