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 #9. Kunihiro Takahashi / Tosei sha
About Kunihiro Takahashi‘s Selection for the 10×10 Reading Room:
My selection focuses on the concept of “Living.” Many of the books presented here explore the traditional life of Japanese villages in the 1970s by depicting the daily rituals, local festivals, and traditional customs of Japanese countryside communities. Although threatened by globalization, many of these villages and their traditional ways can still be found in pockets of rural Japan.
Kunihiro Takanashi‘s 10×10 Reading Room Selection:
Kazuo Kitai, 1970 Nippon (Tokyo: Tosei sha, 2001)
Hiromi Tsuchida, Zokushin (Tokyo: Tose sha, 2004)
Issei Suda, Minyo Sanga (Tokyo: Tosei sha, 2007)
Tsuneo Yamashita, Another Time On the Ryukyu Islands (Tokyo: Tosei sha, 2008)
Osamu Funao, Kamisama Hotokesama (Tokyo: Tosei sha, 2008)
Megumi Iwata, Tatara (Tokyo: Tosei sha, 2011)
Mitsuru Fujita, Zaisyo (Tokyo: Tosei sha, 2010)
Yoshihiro Hagiwara, Snowy (Tokyo: Tosei sha, 2008)
Masako Oguri, To- Nup (Tokyo: Tosei sha, 2009)
Yutaka Yamashita, Gunkan Apartments (Tokyo: Tosei sha, 2008)
Kunihiro Takahashi is a Japanese photobook publisher and gallerist specializing in photography. Until 1974 Takahashi worked as a researcher in an electrical equipment company. He founded his publishing company Tosei sha in 1984, which later expanded in 2005 to include a gallery. As a supporter of many well-known Japanese photographers, Takahashi has exhibited photographs and collaborated on books with Hiromi Tsuchida, Kazuo Kitai and Issei Suda, among others.
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.)