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Japanese Photobooks of the 1960s and ’70s
Ivan Vartanian and Ryuichi Kaneko

Japanese Photobooks of the 1960s and '70s Ivan Vartanian and Ryuichi Kaneko

Japanese Photobooks of the 1960s and '70s Ivan Vartanian and Ryuichi KanekoJapanese Photobooks of the 1960s and ’70s
Ivan Vartanian and Ryuichi Kaneko
English, Japanese


192 pages
232 × 306 mm
ISBN 9781597110945


During the 1960s and ’70s in Japan, the photobook–through a combination of excellence in design, printing, and materials–overtook prints as a popular mode of artistic dissemination. This process has expanded to an extent where any discussion of Japanese photography now has to include the book work. Today, the most famous works–such as Nobuyoshi Araki’s Sentimental Journey and Eikoh Hosoe’s Man and Woman–continue to inspire artists internationally. Japanese Photobooks of the 1960s and ’70s presents forty definitive publications from the era, piecing together an otherwise invisible history that has played out in tandem with photography as a medium. Included are some of the most influential works along with forgotten gems, placed within a larger historical and sociological context. Each book, beautifully reproduced through numerous spreads, is accompanied by an in-depth explanatory text and sidebars highlighting important editors, designers, themes, and periodicals. Lavishly produced, this unique publication is an ode to the distinct character and influence of the Japanese photobook.

About the Authors
Ivan Vartanian (b. 1972) is native of New York, where he attended New York University, majoring in Biochemistry. After working for Aperture in the mid-1990s, he moved to Tokyo, Japan, where he has been living ever since. We writes, edits, and produces books on art, photography, and design.

Ryuichi Kaneko, a historian, curator, and photobook collector, was a leading figure in establishing the history of Japanese photography. He died on Wednesday, June 30th, 2021. He passed away as a result of complications from a brain hemorrhage suffered in the autumn of 2020. He was 73. Kaneko was a revered historian, serving a critical role in facilitating the work of researchers, curators, as well as nurturing a younger generation of those studying the history of photography in Japan. Spanning four decades of activity, his commitment to the subject fostered an enthusiasm and excitement among the photography community both in Japan and abroad, leaving a prodigious legacy.

About the Publisher
akaaka-sha was founded in 2006 by Kimi Himeno in Japan. Specializing in photography and art, AKAAKA have published more than 200 books in the past 12 years, featuring a diverse range Japanese and international artists, seven of whom have been awarded the prestigious Kimura Ihei Photo Prize.

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