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Kiyoshi SUZUKI "Durasia" - "Marguerite Duras Asia" 1998 Photobook


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Kiyoshi SUZUKI, photographer. "Dyurasu no ryodo: Maruguritto Dyurasu no Ajia" - "Durasia: Marguerite Duras Asia." Yokohama: Saguru Books, 1998, PB, 23 cm x 29 cm, 120 pp, b/w and color photos, loose leaflet insert.

"(In the 1970's) as in America and Europe, some Japanese photographers were breaking with the 'objective' journalistic or the 'romantic' image. It was a movement that began with Robert Frank and William Klein, with in their wake, for instance, Christer Strömholm and Ed van der Elsken. Suzuki is also part of this tradition, someone who breaks photography open, at the same time subtly uncovering the contradictions in society. His friendship with Robert Frank runs like a thread through Suzuki’s work. This is not so much a matter of style – Suzuki followed his own path – but rather a continual conversation, in the course of which Frank characterizes Suzuki as a warm, open-hearted person who is always able to reduce things to everyday, human proportions. Showing his photographs was never enough for Suzuki. The viewer must become a partner in the process that led to the images. His visual language is understanding, warm and multi-layered. His inimitable way of putting books together, layer upon layer upon layer, became his unique approach."--Machiel Botman, Nooderlicht Festival

Bio: Kiyoshi Suzuki (1943–2000) was born in Yoshima Village (currently Iwaki City), Fukushima Prefecture, former site of the Joban coal mine. After graduating from a part-time high school, he moved to Tokyo to become a cartoonist, but was so moved by Ken Domon’s Children in Chikuho (1960) that he decided to become a photographer. He attended the Tokyo College of Photography until 1969. In 1970, he debuted with the series “Coal Mining Town” which included images of the coal mine in his hometown and was published in Camera Mainichi. In 1972, he self-published his first book of photographs Soul and Soul and continued to make photographs while making a living as a sign painter thereafter. He published The Light that has Lighted the World in 1976, Mind Games (recipient of the 33rd Photographic Society of Japan’s Newcomer’s Award) in 1982, Finish Dying (recipient of the 1995 Ken Domon Award) in 1994, and Durasia in 1998. Nearly all of the publications were self-published and designed. In all cases, Suzuki took a line from a book he loved and expanded the worldview he saw in the book. The resulting unique and unfettered works show the lifework of a photographer who dedicated his life to books.

Suzuki Kiyoshi's last photobook. Three main sections of photos: 1) Mekong Delta - 29 photos from Saigon, Vinhlong, Cholon and Sadec; 2) Calcutta Desert - 25 photos from Calcutta and Sagar Island; 3) Savannakhet Blue - 14 photos from Laos - Savannakhet and Vientiane. Other photos in between the chapters (with lots of design elements) including a section of color photos titled India Song.

Condition: Very Good.

Shipping costs: International EMS (express mail service) delivery estimated within 2-4 days - $24.00 (USA), $28.00 (Europe). Shipping weight: approx. 950g.