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Photopaper 44 / 45
Mikiko Hara

Mikiko Hara

Mikiko HaraPhotopaper
Issue 45 / 45
Mikiko Hara
Kasseler Fotografie Festival

Nominated by Yoko Sawada.

16 Pages
210 x 290 mm
ISBN Not Available

I cannot see the dreams of the person who is gone
After all, I never dream myself
Maybe I saw them, but I forgot
The person who is gone dreamt often
Green evening light, a misplaced bag, a bookstore on a bright evening,
the last station of an aerial lift, being chased by a soldier carrying a machine gun,
the shallows of a river or ocean on a summer day, a snake-like fish climbing
up a rock, a person coming down from a skylight, rain coming
down in sheets, a mother without a face …
They often told me of their dreams
Then they were gone
I cannot see the dreams of the person who is gone

– Mikiko Hara

(Translation from the original Japanese text by Daniel Abbe)

About the Artist
Mikiko Hara was born in Toyama in 1967. She graduated from Keio University in 1990 with a degree in literature and then studied at the Tokyo College of Photography. In 2017, she received the Kimura Ihei Photography Award. Her works are in the collections of the Getty Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, among others. She has had several international solo exhibitions and published books including Hysteric Thirteen (Tokyo, Hysteric Glamour, 2005), These Are Days (Tokyo, Osiris, 2014), and Change (New York, The Gould Collection, 2016).

About the Journal
PHOTOPAPER is a new kind of monographic photo publication with  aa continuously changing editorial team of international experts. These guest editors name photographers or photographic projects which they would like to present to an international public. PHOTOPAPER features this work in single monographic issues of 16 or 32 pages. The main idea is to make high-quality printed photographic work accessible to as many people as possible by producing the final publication at a reasonable price. Therefore, the production process is reduced to a minimum while at the same time using high-end printing technology and a nice paper. Published on a quarterly basis.

About the Publisher

The Fotobookfestival Kassel is a charitable foundation that has been engaged with the artistic medium of the photobook and has presented it in all its facets, since 2008, in a festival program of international standing. The annual festival shows works by renowned artists and promotes established and emerging talents, publishers, designers, printers, curators and booksellers on an international platform. It was the first festival of its kind dedicated to the photographic book and has founded two novel book awards: The KASSEL DUMMY AWARD for the best photobook mock-up of the year has awarded emerging talents a complete photobook-production since 2010; the KASSEL PHOTOBOOK AWARD assembles the best photobooks of the previous year nominated by international experts in the field. Books entered for both awards are showcased regularly in travelling exhibitions at international festivals and photography events. These two awards are unique in their formats and have been role models for other international festivals and events.

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