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Yoichi MIDORIKAWA "Iwanami Shoten Series 22" 1997 Photobook

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Yoichi MIDORIKAWA, photographer. "Nihon Shashin-ka 22” - “Japanese Photographers 22." Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 1997, HB, dj, 23 x 22 cm, 72 pp, 54 b/w reproductions, text in Japanese.

Number 22 in a series of 40, spanning the history of Japanese photography. Yoichi MIDORIKAWA (1915-2001) is most well-known for Setonaikai (Seto Inland Sea), which is included in Kaneko & Vartanian's Japanese Photobooks of the 1960s and '70s. Excellent selection of photos from the bulk of Midorikawa's long career, 1943-1973, not only including his famed landscapes but lesser-known early photos that will call to mind Katsuji Fukuda, Shoji Ueda, Ihei Kimura and Ken Domon.

"Okayama-born photographer Yoichi Midorikawa visited every part of the Seto Inland Sea, using his camera to capture images of the region's unique scenery and culture and the people who lived there. As well as throwing light on aspects of Japanese culture that were being lost in the process of modernization, his photographs do much more than simply "show things as they are," fully expressing as they do the power and force of his chosen subjects."--Miyanoura Gallery 6

"Midorikawa was a landscape photographer with a distinctly Modernist eye: his landscapes of Japan's remote regions focus on the abstract qualities of rugged mountains, rivers and coastlines."--Photoeye

"Born in 1915 and graduated in 1936 from the Nihon University School of Dentistry, Midorikawa's principal occupation was dentistry. His contemporary Shoji Ueda was also an amateur photographer; while Midorikawa was photographing the inland sea, Ueda photographed the mountains of Japan. The two photographers were also members of Ginryu-sha, a Tokyo-based group for amateur and professional photographers formed in 1947 by Tadahiko Hayashi. Other members included Kineo Kuwabara and Ryosuke Ishidzu, important leaders of prewar photography... Midorikawa used varied filters, montage and effects such as multiple and extended exposure. While the resulting images do not faithfully reproduce existing color, he mixed reality with his own vision, successfully creating a uniquely expressive world... Midorikawa shows scenes of everyday life on the various islands. Through his images of fishing boats, lighthouses, terraced rice fields, and small, isolated islands, he uses the terrain and the water to express many things - mysticism, spirituality, fantasy, and an appreciation of nature."--Kaneko & Vartanian, Japanese Photobooks of the 1960s and '70s, pp. 68-71

Condition: Very Good, with obi.

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