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Kishin SHINOYAMA "Hashi o wataru to" - "Beyond the Bridge" 1976 Photobook

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Kishin SHINOYAMA, photographer. “Hashi o wataru to" - "Beyond the Bridge.” Japan: Qantas, 1976, First Edition, "Not for Sale", PB, 16 x 26, 212 pp, 200 full-page b/w photos.

An unusual photobook in Shinoyama's vast oeuvre. On the surface, another of his travel photo-essays - photos of Australia during the same time period as the famed "Paris" and the mammoth "Silk Road" series with huge topography covering trips to Arabia, Brazil and America thrown in there as well. Yet, whereas in all of those photobooks grandness of vision was reflected in the large size of the photobooks themselves, the photos more often double-paged than single, this photobook is modestly sized. All of those other photobooks exhibit dramatic color-saturated photography, here all of the photos are in black/white printed gravure style. Obviously plenty of beaches and landmarks but perhaps the non-commercial genesis of this project - it was intended as a glorified advertisement for Qantas Australia Airlines, printed in Japan but not sold - inspired some of the unexpected from Shinoyama.

Shinoyama biography: 1940-Born in Tokyo; 1961-Awarded the APA Prize at the 1st Exhibit of the Advertising Photographers’ Association; 1963-Graduated from the Photography Dept., School of Fine Arts of Nippon University; 1966-Won the Japan Photo Critics’ Assoc. Award; 1968-Left the Light Publicity Co. Ltd. to become a freelance photographer; 1970-Awarded the Prize of the Year from the Japan Photography Assoc.; Invited to Cologne Photo Kina Exhibition in West Germany as the one of four photographers invited; 1973-Awarded the Education Minister’s Art Encouragement Prize; Awarded the Kodansha Publishers’ Cultural Prize; Visited the Republic of China as a member of the Japan-China Photographers’ Friendship Mission; 1975-Participated in Arles Festival (France) as an invited photographer; 1976-Held a one-man exhibition “House” at the Japanese Pavilion in the Venice Biennale Exhibition; 1978-Participated in the exhibition “[Ma]-The Japanese Time and Space” at the Autumn Art Festival in Paris. Exhibited his pieces in the the Museum of Decoration in Paris; 1980-Awarded the 21st Mainichi Art Prize; His photography was featured on the cover of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s album “Double Fantasy”; 1985-Supervised the “Shinorama [MAN]” in the Theme Pavilion sponsored by the Japanese government in Tsukuba Expo ‘85. His 1991 book “Santa Fe” is the Japan’s best selling photo book of all time.

Condition: Good, outside has various signs of wear and handling, inside is quite good. Still has the 6-page Qantas travel package insert tipped-in at the back of the book.

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