A cult publication, Flash up earned Seiji Kurata the Ihei Kimurai award in 1980, the year of its first edition. Kurata displays a photographic excursion in the seedy district of Shinjuku in the 1970’s : yakuza, street fights, horny salary men and nightclub hostesses make up the landscape of this renowned part of Tokyo.
Roshin Book’s seventh publication focuses on Japanese photographer Shin Yanagisawa (1936-2008), whose photography was highly regarded by contemporaries such as Daido Moriyama and Ryuichi Kaneko. From 1963 on, after having recovered from an illness, Yanagisawa focused on photographing a variety of places throughout Japan.
Seiichi Furuya’s Dresden photographs from 1984/85 are a most unlikely document — a view of daily life in the latter days of the GDR recorded by a Japanese photographer, who had been a major player in the photography scene in Austria since the beginning of the 1980s.