Nishimura's work is imbued with a dark and delicate poetry, which is reminiscent of the work of great Japanese photographers such as Issei Suda. A subtle balance, reproduced in a signed book-object in small format, very well published and edited by Zen Foto.
In the wake of Fukushima Daiichi meltdown, Yusuke Takagi’s Kagerou faces the fears of the nuclear era, interweaving pregnancy and fatherhood in a transfigured Tokyo with the landscapes of the Zone and the portraits of people who decided not to leave.
Overflow is an installation by Takuma Nakahira displaying 48 colours photographs on 6 meters wide and 1.60 meters long. This installation exhibited in 1964 is a vector of the artist’s interrogations on power, urban space, and media environment.
"What will he find eventually when a Japanese man, who experienced the death of his mother in his childhood, or a total termination of life, continues seeking the forms of what keep him alive in a large city which is changing nature into gray, inorganic ruins day by day? (...) "
In 1979, Kitai Kazuo, known for his famous work "Sanrizuka" and his documentation of street protests, started to document a downtown area of Osaka called “New World” (Shinsekai). For over two years, he strolled around the working class neighbourhood, getting to know its merchants, shop owners, artisans, children, pensioners and prostitute.
This lesser known book, published in 1981, strays slightly away from dramatic topic to document the Japanese Youth and its striking energy after WWII. Hippies, sex, music, street protests and street performances all mingle together in this beautiful and energetic documentation of the 70’s.