Work in Progress: Risaku Suzuki - Kyozuka, Kumano

For the upcoming Tsuka exhibition at the CCP we have commissioned the wonderful Risaku Suzuki to produce a new series of photographs in response to the themes investigated. The new series is titled Kyozuka, Kumano and the photographs were made with a large-format 8x10” camera and will be exhibited as exquisitely detailed contact prints.

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Photobook Review: The Restoration Will - Mayumi Suzuki

At first immaculate, the family photographs displayed appear to be more and more unreadable, details disappearing, faces erased from them. Some images hang on the page, fragile, and we grasp the vulnerability of those lives, just about to fall. In dialogue with the partly retrieved belongings and photographs from her home and father’s photographic studio, Suzuki then points her father’s found lens at what is now left behind.

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Photobook Review: Photocopy - Go Itami

We can’t help but find similar shapes between a bubble hovering uncomfortably close to a woollen jumper and an abstracted gold foil off an eaten Christmas chocolate coin. A memory of the image we passed three pages back springs into the foreground when something similar or absurdly juxtaposed appears, a past which is fixed in the future.

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Photobook Review: Photograph - Yuji Hamada

As you turn the pages of Hamada’s 2014 publication titled photograph at first and second glance the works seem to expose a connection between the natural and built environments, one can see a kind of harmony that coexists within these two opposite elements. Yet after turning the pages further and getting deeper within the book a sense of beauty and contemplation becomes evident through the use of light and a sense of discovery amongst the vernacular.

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Tsuka Photobook Auction & Exhibition Preview

The Tsuka Fundraising Auction & Preview will be held to raise capital through the auction of participating artists’ photobooks and an exhibition of limited edition purchasable prints from Hajime Kimura’s project Snowflakes Dog Man. The evening will be limited to 50 tickets and Japanese cuisine will be served with refreshments. Audio entertainment will be supplied by Japanese filmmaker, composer and personality Ken Nishikawa via a specially recorded program. Ticket holders will also be entered into a raffle to win illustrious publications. 

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Work in Progress: Tomoki Imai - Semicircle Law

These photographs were taken after 3/11 in Fukushima. Imai visited the stricken area often and selected landscape locations 20 km from the 'zone.' where it is silent and mistakenly looks like nothing has happened. Imai quietly questions if the area beyond 20 kms is actually safe? For Tsuka Imai is also working on a video iteration of this powerful project. 

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Photobook Review: Snowflake Dog Man - Hajime Kimura

Photographs and memory are, of course, inherently bound together. Photographs link to the moment, or place, or person that they depict, even after their demise. They are markers and memorials, often trusted beyond their capacity, altering our recollection of what really went on, fabricating what feel like memories. I get the feeling, as I revisit this book over and over, that the act of laying down these memories acknowledges that these images construct an imperfect and incomplete portrait. They are what Kimura can peg together through a set of imperfect tools: a dog, a photo album and conversations.

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Photobook Review: Half Awake and Half Asleep in the Water - Asako Narahashi

As the water dominates the extreme foreground, Narahashi creates the impression of being suspended between freedom and fear – on the verge of rising above the water or disappearing below its surface. Pointing her camera back towards the land, Narahashi likens the perspective to the viewpoint of a sea otter or seal. She seems comfortable in her watery world, uninterested in communicating with the people that can be glimpsed on the shore or swimming nearby.

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Interview: Mayumi Hosokura

I’m really interested in different ways to show and display images. In the present digital era, photography is not a medium to presented on paper alone. Now we have to think devotedly about how to display images, and even bigger questions, such as what is photography? These new ways of thinking about and questioning photography influence and inspire my dedication to presentation and detail.

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Work in Progress: Daisuke Morishita - asterisk

A single photograph contains various powers – the beauty of light, the presence of objects and the people, and expressions from shadows. It never points in a single direction. It has distinctive and multiple vectors. We breathe in the places where these vectors come and go.

This is the free space where our mind can swim.

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Photobook Review: MAP - Masafumi Sanai

In some ways it's like Robert Frank's iconic The Americans, its a study of place and a book that quietly sneaks its meaning upon you. The place in Masafumi's pictures is smaller, more introverted and in that sense doesn't share the same scope or grandiosity of Frank's vision. It's a guide to place as much as its predecessor is, but it’s a geographically smaller one and no less personal, even if it appears more fractured. 

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Interview: Tomoki Imai

Well, it’s difficult to explain in English. As a volunteer for blind people, I had to tell them what I could see in detail with no subjectivity. For example, “there are trees 5 metres in front of us, there is 6 steps downstairs/upstairs, two cars are passing so we have to stop here, etc.” It was like phenomenology and I think this influences me more than Zen. Blindness interests me and these experiences influenced both A Tree of Night and Semicircle Law.

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Photobook Review: HANON - Yoshinori Mizutani

HANON (2016), Mizutani’s latest publication, delivers this darker side of Japan in graphic style. The book features a series of stark B&W images of great cormorants in flocks or perched solely amongst the maze of power lines that dominate the Tokyo skyline. These silhouettes are precariously edited throughout the book and resemble a musical score. This has not gone unnoticed by Mizutani (or publisher IMA) as the title HANON is a reference to the French piano instruction book titled Hanon Complete: The Virtuoso Pianist in Sixty Exercises for the Piano by Charles-Louis Hanon.

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