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-
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?
2. via the excellent Trans Asia Photography Review:
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.”