Yoko Sawada: An Unofficial Ambassador of Japanese Photography and Photobooks

Yoko Sawada, the energetic publisher-agent behind the Osiris imprint, is a well-known and prominent figure in Japanese photobook circles, but her name may not register immediate recognition in the West beyond a small group of in-the-know collectors and book dealers. However, the books and magazines that she has published during her more than 20-year involvement… Continue reading Yoko Sawada: An Unofficial Ambassador of Japanese Photography and Photobooks

10×10 Reading Room (Day 6): Yasunori Hoki / Super Labo

10x10 Japanese Photobooks As part of 10x10 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 10x10 reading room specialist per day. Reading room and online contributors have each been asked to suggest… Continue reading 10×10 Reading Room (Day 6): Yasunori Hoki / Super Labo

10×10 Reading Room (Day #2): Yoko Sawada / Osiris

10x10 Japanese Photobooks As part of 10x10 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 10x10 reading room specialist per day. Reading room and online contributors have each been asked to suggest… Continue reading 10×10 Reading Room (Day #2): Yoko Sawada / Osiris

Ivan Vartanian: Performance, Bookmaking and the Photobook

While visiting Tokyo this past June, I met with historian, writer and publisher Ivan Vartanian of Goliga to discuss several of his current projects, which explore the intersection of bookmaking, performance and the photobook. Russet Lederman: For the past 15 years, you’ve been writing, editing and producing books on Japanese photographers and the Japanese photobook.… Continue reading Ivan Vartanian: Performance, Bookmaking and the Photobook

Caught Between Two Worlds: Japanese Photobooks from the Mid-1990s to the Present – Russet Lederman

From the mid-1990s onward, a new generation of Japanese photographers, which included many women, fluidly began mixing and matching traditional and modern subjects. Probing both the national sense of uncertainty that resulted from the collapse of the 1980s Japanese bubble economy and the changing role of women, the photography from this period can best be… Continue reading Caught Between Two Worlds: Japanese Photobooks from the Mid-1990s to the Present – Russet Lederman