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Taiji MATSUE "Gazetteer" 2005 Photobook

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Taiji MATSUE, photographer. “Gazetteer.” Masayoshi KODAIRA, design. Japan: Daiwa Radiator Factory/Taro Nasu Gallery, 1995, First Edition, PB, (no dj as issued), 20 x 16 cm, 112 pp, 109 duo-tone plates, index of plates, text in Japanese & English.

“Topography that’s drastic - way too drastic.”--Daido Moriyama

This ingeniously designed photobook, bound in the classic Japanese fukuro toji style, is the best presentation of Matsue’s ascetic visions of horizon-less aerial landscapes.

“Taiji Matsue has photographed the surfaces of the earth around the world - mountains, deserts, forests, cities. By taking photographs during the time of day when light falls uniformly across the surface, shadows and horizons are eliminated from the frame and emotionality is carefully excised. The minuteness of the images that reveal details the more one looks at them allows the viewer to experience anew the unreliability and mysteriousness of human sight. Matsue has traveled throughout the world to produce his photographs... His work to date can largely be divided between his “CC” series, photographs of cities that use city codes in their titles, and the “gazetteer (a geographic dictionary)“ series, with titles that incorporate place-names such as the Alps."--Izu Photo Museum

Taiji Matsue bio: Born 1963 in Tokyo, where he lives today. He graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1987, with a major in geology. He won the Higashikawa New Photographer Award in 1996, the Kimura Ihee Photography Award in 2002, and the Higashikawa Domestic Photographer Award in 2012.

Condition: Excellent, with obi.

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