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Day #10. Kazuhiro Yamaji /Flying Books

The photobooks that I considered for my selection are definitely not representative of current trends, but were chosen based on whether I felt they might become valuable ten or twenty years from now. I purposely did not include popular photobooks that I felt would not withstand the test of time. Although some consider photobooks created in 1987 to be old, they are seen in my profession as a rare photobook dealer in the same way one might consider a slightly unripe fruit. I did not use a single standard for my selection, rather, my decision process valued perspectives that overflowed with originality and were unique to the photographer. For me, the fun lies in letting a work sleep, and then picking it up again when it is ripe.

Visit Flying Books’ webpage to see the selection for 10×10 American Photobooks.

Kazuhiro Yamaji is the owner of Flying Books, a used bookstore in Tokyo’s Shibuya district, which handles rare and out of print photobooks and vintage magazines. In addition to regularly writing and editing for magazines, Yamaji also oversees the direction of the Daikanyama Tsutaya Bookstore and has authored Flying Books: The Intersection Between Books, Words, and Music (Shobunsha, 2005).

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10×10 American Photobooks in Tokyo
Opening: Wednesday, 11 September 2013, 7 to 9

Tokyo Institute of Photography
Exart Bld. 1F, 3-6-6 Kyobashi
Chuo-ku, Tokyo

11 September – 6 October 2013 

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Day #9. Standard Bookstore in Osaka

Our selection of American photobooks is exclusively composed of books that are sold at the Standard Bookstore. The ten photobooks listed here are broadly divided into four types. The first grouping includes photobooks that are popular in our shop. The second are books that address what we perceive as “ cool American suburban culture.” But we need to preface that by saying that we’ve never been to the U.S., so this perception might be more reflective of stereotypes. The third type contains what we feel is a real depiction of everyday American life. And the fourth grouping showcases American women photographers, who explore the following characteristics as they relate to women: beauty, wildness, cruelty and adolescence.

Visit Standard Bookstore’s webpage to see the selection for 10×10 American Photobooks.

Standard Bookstore is located in the Shinsaibashi district of Osaka and known as “a bookstore without bestsellers.” The multilevel shop carries a wide selection of carefully curated photobooks, as well other books and objects of interest. There is also a café where visitors can browse books while enjoying light snacks.

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10×10 American Photobooks in Tokyo
Opening: Wednesday, 11 September 2013, 7 to 9

Tokyo Institute of Photography
Exart Bld. 1F, 3-6-6 Kyobashi
Chuo-ku, Tokyo

11 September – 6 October 2013 

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Day #8. Takayuki Kobayashi / flotsam books

Teenage runaway, skateboarder, outlaw, delinquent and street kid. I have selected ten photobooks that examine stories of youth lived at the fringes of society. Through the lens of American photographers who capture moments of transience, destruction, elation and daily joy, these books provide a glimpse of teenagers living day to day under the shadow of death. Appealing or not, they are painstakingly real.

Visit flotsam books’ webpage to see the selection for 10×10 American Photobooks.

Takayuki Kobayashi is the owner of flotsam books, a Japanese indie online photobook shop that carries a wide range of domestic and international photobooks, art portfolios and exhibition catalogs.

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10×10 American Photobooks in Tokyo
Opening: Wednesday, 11 September 2013, 7 to 9

Tokyo Institute of Photography
Exart Bld. 1F, 3-6-6 Kyobashi
Chuo-ku, Tokyo

11 September – 6 October 2013 

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Day #7. Mika Kobayashi / The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

My selection focuses on American photobooks by photographers working on social issues related to politics, culture, economy, gender and family in the United States. Traditionally, images by socially concerned photographers tend to be straightforward in approach and closely related to photojournalism and documentary photography. This selection, however, seeks to highlight the variety and uniqueness of styles and approaches found in socially concerned photography. I chose photographers whose works are based on their personal experiences and strong viewpoints, which are then used to elaborate upon a conceptual framework and working method for shooting and editing books.

Visit Mika Kobayashi’s webpage to see the selection for 10×10 American Photobooks.

Mika Kobayashi is a photo critic and curator who writes for magazines and websites, and has taught at schools and institutions in both Japan and overseas. From 2007 to 2008, she resided in the United States as a grantee of the Asian Cultural Council and Patterson Fellowship, and worked at the International Center of Photography in New York and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She is currently a guest researcher at the Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo and is an editorial member of the Trans Asia Photography Review.

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10×10 American Photobooks in Tokyo
Opening: Wednesday, 11 September 2013, 7 to 9

Tokyo Institute of Photography
Exart Bld. 1F, 3-6-6 Kyobashi
Chuo-ku, Tokyo

11 September – 6 October 2013 

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Day #6. Taka Kawachi / amana photo collection

The flow from Richard Prince to Jack Pearson to Ryan McGinley is an intriguing transition in recent contemporary photography, and has drawn me to these photographers’ early photobooks. Despite neither Mike Disfarmer nor Vivian Maier being recognized photographers while they were alive, the intensity of their works and their miraculous discoveries has touched me. I have always found works by Robert Adams and Ray K. Metzker stunningly beautiful. Ed Ruscha and Dan Graham’s conceptual books are jaw-dropping experiences, and the oversized, beautifully printed book by Richard Misrach is truly unforgettable.

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Before returning to Japan in 2011, Taka Kawachi worked as a curator and book editor in New York. During this time, he organized exhibitions of works by Richard Prince and Nan Goldin, and edited Takashi Homma’s Tokyo, published by Aperture (2008). Currently, he is Chief Director of the amana photo collection, where he is responsible for collecting Japanese contemporary photographs. 

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10×10 American Photobooks in Tokyo
Opening: Wednesday, 11 September 2013, 7 to 9

Tokyo Institute of Photography
Exart Bld. 1F, 3-6-6 Kyobashi
Chuo-ku, Tokyo

11 September – 6 October 2013 

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Day #5. Akira Higashikata / nitesha

Upon being informed that my selection should cover photographers “who were born or lived in America for a certain period of time” and published photobooks “after 1987,” I wrote down the names of photographers who first came to mind. Then I tried to recite from memory as many book titles as I could from my listed photographers. Finally, I narrowed my list down to ten titles based on my subjective perspective of books that I think deserve to be featured because they reflect an “American-ness.” In addition, I tried to pick books from different years and address the meaning of post-1987 in this selection.

Visit this webpage to see the selection for 10×10 American Photobooks

Akira Higashikata is the owner of Nitesha, an online secondhand bookshop based in Tokyo that buys and sells rare and used books. Nitesha specializes in art and photography books and actively promotes titles related to the above genres from both domestic and international artists and publishers. Since 2011, the shop has published the online magazine The Pencil of Photograph, which is a resource for current information on contemporary photography.

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10×10 American Photobooks in Tokyo
Opening: Wednesday, 11 September 2013, 7 to 9

Tokyo Institute of Photography
Exart Bld. 1F, 3-6-6 Kyobashi
Chuo-ku, Tokyo

11 September – 6 October 2013 

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Day #4. Ihiro Hayama and Atsushi Hamanaka / PHaT PHOTO and twelvebooks

We had a hard time deciding on our selection for 10×10 American Photobooks. One reason was because we could only pick ten books from the many great photobooks out there. And the other was that we both needed to agree upon all the books selected. So as a book distributor and an editor, respectively, we concluded that our final selection list would reflect books that we would like to see given more exposure in the Japanese photography community and market.

Visit this webpage to see their selection for 10×10 American Photobooks.

Ihiro Hayami has been Chief Editor of the Japanese photographic magazine PHaT PHOTO since 2012. He also directs photography-based events and workshops, including the upcoming Tokyo International Photo Competition 2013 and the launch of Tokyo’s first international photography fair in 2015. From 2008 – 2012, he worked as a director at Ring Cube Gallery in Tokyo. His selected curatorial exhibitions include Alejandro Chaskielberg’s High Tide (2012), PDN’s 30-2011 (2011) and Alex Prager’s Week-end (2010). He has edited the photography books To the Island (2011) by Yoshihiko Ueda, GR SNAPS (2007) and GR SNAPS II (2010).

Atsushi Hamanaka is the founder of twelvebooks. After graduating from university, Hamanaka moved to France. He returned to Japan in 2010 and founded twelvebooks, which promotes publishing and artist activities focused on contemporary photography in Japan. twelvebooks is also the national distributor for MACK and other European publishers in Japan. Hamanaka’s extensive experience with photography and photobooks includes exhibitions, book design and photobook selections.

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10×10 American Photobooks in Tokyo
Opening: Wednesday, 11 September 2013, 7 to 9

Tokyo Institute of Photography
Exart Bld. 1F, 3-6-6 Kyobashi
Chuo-ku, Tokyo

11 September – 6 October 2013 

 

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Day #3. Yumi Goto / Reminders Projects

The photobooks that I selected here seem to have engaged with their subjects to such an extent that the work has affected the photographers’ lives. The distance between the photographer and the subject has diminished so that the photographer is capable of a better understanding, which is then reflected in his or her work. It is my hope that, in turn, the photographs can engage the audience to promote positive change, whether through action or through other ways.

These projects, which are intensely personal, could be conducted exclusively between the photographers and their subjects without necessarily going anywhere beyond that dialogue—but they do go beyond it. They are special in part because the photographers’ images and the subjects’ ideas seem to be in perfect harmony with one another, allowing their collective ideas to engage and crystallize in the photobook format.

Visit Yumi Goto’s webpage to see her selection for 10×10 American Photobooks.

Yumi Goto is a Tokyobased photo consultant, curator and editor. Goto is a board reviewer, nominator and juror for numerous international photo awards and festivals. Most recently, she founded the Reminders Photography Stronghold to further her work as a curator and educator in Japan.

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10×10 American Photobooks in Tokyo
Opening: Wednesday, 11 September 2013, 7 to 9

Tokyo Institute of Photography
Exart Bld. 1F, 3-6-6 Kyobashi
Chuo-ku, Tokyo

11 September – 6 October 2013 

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Day #2. Sawako Fukai / artbeat publishers 

Under the theme of “American Photobooks after 1987,” I have selected books that I consider to have influenced an expansion of our definition of contemporary photography as an acknowledged and important aspect within the larger field of contemporary art. Included are books that address the origins of photography, consider the photobook as the final format for a body of photographic work, discard the photographic process in favor of images sourced from the Internet, approach photography as a method for sociological research and present images that descend from the great tradition of street photography. I like these photobooks because they are all very sincere forms of experimental self-expression that simultaneously present intelligent and inquisitive adventures.

Visit Sawako Fukai’s blog to see her selection for 10×10 American Photobooks.

Sawako Fukai graduated from Sophia University in Tokyo and spent several years working for various design companies. Currently, she is Director of G/P Gallery and an editor at artbeat publishers, where she oversees photobook and magazine projects. She is a contributing writer on photography and photobooks to magazines and websites, and regularly organizes exhibitions and publications.

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10×10 American Photobooks in Tokyo
Opening: Wednesday, 11 September 2013, 7 to 9

Tokyo Institute of Photography
Exart Bld. 1F, 3-6-6 Kyobashi
Chuo-ku, Tokyo

11 September – 6 October 2013 

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Day #1. Yoshikatsu Fujii / Photobook Club Tokyo 

I used the following criteria to make my selection: photos of America in which Japanese participants were involved in the production; photobooks that were discussed during the Photobook Club Tokyo meetups, which I supervise; and photobooks by extremely talented young photographers or independent publishers. Based on these standards, I saw the opportunity to inform others more specifically about a group of photographers who are generally known by the collective term, “foreign photographers.” I’ve only been to America once and don’t speak English fluently, but between the pages of these photobooks, one can find extremely powerful voices that I hope will continue to resonate ten or twenty years from now.

Visit Yoshikatsu Fujii‘s blog to see his selection for 10×10 American Photobooks.

After studying art film at Tokyo Zokei University of Arts, Yoshikatsu Fujii studied the fundamentals of photography under Masato Seto at the Evening Photography School work-shop. Besides his activities as a photographer, Fujii serves as Organizer of the Photobook Club Tokyo, which meets not only in Tokyo, but all over Japan.

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10×10 American Photobooks in Tokyo
Opening: Wednesday, 11 September 2013, 7 to 9

Tokyo Institute of Photography
Exart Bld. 1F, 3-6-6 Kyobashi
Chuo-ku, Tokyo
11 September – 6 October 2013

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