A New Year, some suggested reading

I kind of let this blog go over the past year and a half. This was partly due to time but mostly out of a lack of interest.  However, I intend to share more writing and pictures in the future.

Now, if you’ll pardon the cross-post, I have two suggested and somewhat intertwined reads on Japanese photography-

1. via the new site for longform writing on photography, papercuts:

To look is everything: Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Masahisa Fukase and Shomei Tomatsu 

In 2012 three of Japan’s most distinctive and influential photographic voices, Masahisa Fukase, Yasuhiro Ishimoto and Shomei Tomatsu, passed away. Is a certain approach to photography fading away?

Written for IMA magazine vol.3 by writer Marc Feustel



2. via the excellent Trans Asia Photography Review:

Distinctiveness versus Universality: Reconsidering New Japanese Photography

Art historian Yoshiaki Kai brings to light details of the creation of the 1974 MOMA show New Japanese Photography, a collaborative exhibition between John Szarkowski and the legendary editor Shoji Yamagishi. The entire piece is fascinating, and the excerpts from the critics encountering the work are quite interesting:

Bewildered by Moriyama’s work, the photo critic Andy Grundberg could not resist suggesting: “Daidoh [sic] Moriyama . . . is considered the doyen of the current generation of young photographers, but from the selection here one might think he was four or five photographers—all members of a degraded camera club.”

3 thoughts on “A New Year, some suggested reading

  1. Good to know that you’re planning to post more content here in the future.
    I’ve been enjoying your short but opinionated writings on what photography should be on your Tumblrs and hope to see more of that here. Your thoughts and philosophy are certainly refreshing in times like this.


  2. Thanks- glad to hear that it is of interest to some people. It’s bound to be limited by my own personal interaction with photography on the kinds of terms I’ve established myself. I figure the only possible route would be to write along those lines.

    Zfra, you sure were lucky to have gotten the “fakemail” address on a site called “nisemono.net”. I would have thought that would have been one of the first ones to be picked up. (smiley emoticon)

  3. Haha, I was certainly not expecting a witty comment about my ironically crafted fake email address.

    Don’t feel shy about writing such things. I’m sure that many other photographers (including myself) share the same opinions and love to see like-minded people being outspoken about it, as the Internet today is chock full of “photo personalities” preaching certain kinds of photography. Keep on writing (and looking).

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