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* Kiyoshi SUZUKI "The Light That Has Lighted The World" 1976 Photobook


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Kiyoshi SUZUKI, photographer. "Brahman no Hikari" - "The Light That Has Lighted The World.” Yokohama: Sansara Books, 1976, First Edition, HB, dj, 19 x 22 cm, 108 pp, 51 b/w photos, two pages of text in Japanese & English by Suzuki.

"Among the more conventionally presented of Suzuki's eight books published between 1972 and 1998--all of which are quite rare--the images in The Light That Has Lighted The World focus on India, and, more specifically, the ways in which Hindu spirituality pervades its culture."--Photo-eye

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, S Street Shuffle (recipient of the first Society of Photography Award) in 1988 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."--TIG

"The work of Kiyoshi Suzuki is about two things. The first is the photographs: magisterial images that demand their right to exist, in and of themselves. But for Suzuki that was not enough. The world also had to be a partner in the process that led to the image and to how he put everything in a broader context. He began with this in a quiet, minimal manner and developed it into an explosion of pictures and book dummies. Between these two termini lay a life full of twists and turns, that all had to do with photography... Suzuki is 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

Condition: Very Good, pages lightly toned.

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