As part of 10×10 Japanese Photobooks, a pop-up reading room of 100 Japanese photobooks at the ICP-Bard MFA Studios from September 28-30, 2012 and an online resource space at Photo(o)lia, Monsters & Madonnas features one 10×10 reading room specialist per day. Reading room and online contributors have each been asked to suggest 10 Japanese photobooks for a total of 100 photobooks in the reading room and an additional 100 books online: 10×10 (x2). Join the discussion on 10×10 Japanese photobooks here.
10×10 Reading Room
Day #5. Ivan Vartanian / Goliga
About Ivan Vartanian‘s Selection for the 10×10 Reading Room:
Tokyo is a cauldron of ideas, identities, and cultures in a state of clash and mixture. It has morphed from being one city in Japan to become a prototype for what a city represents, both good and bad: hybridization, proliferation, disassociation from one’s heritage, change, hyperactivity, jarring, disorienting. Apart from which, Tokyo as motif and theme is such an overbearing presence in photography from Japan that as a locus of ideas and sensibility is a topic ripe for further exploration.
Ivan Vartanian‘s 10×10 Reading Room Selection:
Daido Moriyama, TKY (Tokyo: Goliga and New York: Aperture, 2011)
Takashi Homma, Tokyo Suburbia (iPad version, 2012)
Nobuyoshi Araki, Tokyo Lucky Hole (Cologne: Taschen, 2005)
Issei Suda, Waga Tokyo 100 (Tokyo: Nikkor Club, 1979)
Makoto Azuma (flower works) and Shunsuke Shiinoki (photographs), Encyclopedia of Flowers (Kyoto: Seigensha Art Publishing, 2012)
Kazuyoshi Usui, Showa 88 (Tokyo: Zen Foto Gallery, 2011)
Ryudai Takano, Kasubaba (Tokyo: Daiwa Press, 2011)
Koji Onaka, Tokyo Candy Box (Tokyo: Wides Shuppan, Co., 2001)
Masayuki Yoshinaga, Gothic & Lolita (London: Phaidon, 2007)
Katsumi Watanabe, Gangs of Kabukicho (New York: PPP Editions, 2006)
Ivan Vartanian is an independent author, editor, curator, and producer based in Tokyo since 1997. He is the co-author of Japanese Photobooks of the 1960s & 70s. He curates the on-going exhibition “Contemporary Japanese Photobooks,” originating at Le Bal, Paris (2011) and most recently traveling to the Photographers’ Gallery, London (2012).
To see these books in person, please visit the 10×10 Japanese Photobooks Reading Room
September 28-30, 3 to 9pm
Opening: Friday, September 28 from 7-9pm
ICP Bard MFA Studio
24-20 Jackson Avenue, 3rd Floor, Long Island City
(Runs concurrently with the New York Art Book Fair and is located across the street from MoMA PS1.)