Joji Hashiguchi / We have no place to be : 1980-1982
Republished by Session Press in a newly edited and expanded edition, We Have No Place to Be (originally published by Soshisha in 1982) veritably launched Joji Hashiguchi’s illustrious 40-year career, and remains widely regarded as one of the photographer’s seminal early works alongside his first photobook Shisen ( The Look).
In the early 1980s, Hashiguchi began to document the plight of the young with his debut work, Shisen. Stifled by the pressures posed by an oppressive education system and home life, these youths sought out their own identities on the streets of Tokyo—a lost tribe desperate for self-expression, repelled by a society that sang the praises of abundant riches and stability. Turning his lens on the global stage, Hashiguchi traveled through Liverpool, London, Nuremberg, West Berlin, and New York to further chronicle communities of disenfranchised youths abroad.Supervised and edited by Hashiguchi himself, this edition comprises 139 black and white photographs, including more than 30 previously unpublished images. Essay written by Yoshitomo Nara. Highly recommended.