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Photos from Japan
Paulien Oltheten

Photos from Japan, Paulien Oltheten

Photos from Japan, Paulien Oltheten

Photos from Japan
Paulien Oltheten
NAi Publishers


240 pages
200 x 270 mm
ISBN 9789056627997


Paulien Oltheten (b. 1982) travels the globe with her camera, casually but precisely capturing photos and video footage of people who are hanging around and tagging along. Walk on a Line is a compilation of photos and film stills that were recently shot in Japan in combination with images, short texts and sketches from her extensive archive. Through her novel handling of the medium, within the tradition of documentary street photography, Oltheten occupies a prominent position in Dutch contemporary photography and art. Walk on a Line is a book about ideas, about lines, folds and wrinkles, about interstitiary spaces and traces. Whether everyday or absurd, real or stage-managed, the images are above all terribly infectious.

Oltheten’s work has been acquired by the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam. She recently won the Thieme Art Award and has been nominated for the de Volkskrant Visual Arts Prize 2010

About the Author 
Paulien Oltheten creates series of photographs and videoworks which explore human relations in public space and examine the similarities and differences in cultures through physical activity. She extends the photo and video works by commenting with sketches and text and will restage behaviors from the photos and videos by herself or with the help of spectators. The result appears as a kind of archive, an anthropological study, and allows us to reconsider the context of reality. It is a study full of gentle humour.

About the Publisher 
nai010 publishers specializes in developing, publishing and distributing books in the fields of architecture, urbanism, art and design. Resulting from the merger of NAi Publishers and 010 Publishers as of July 2012, nai010 publishers is the largest internationally orientated Dutch publisher in the fields of architecture, art, photography and design.

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