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Ravens & Red Lipstick: Japanese Photography Since 1945
Lena Fritsch

Ravens & Red Lipstick: Japanese Photography Since 1945, Lena Fritsch

Ravens & Red Lipstick: Japanese Photography Since 1945, Lena FritschRavens & Red Lipstick: Japanese Photography Since 1945
Lena Fritsch
Thames & Hudson


Softcover with jacket
288 pages
280 x 240 mm
ISBN 9780500292877


While major exhibitions of Japanese photography have become steadily more frequent over the last thirty years, Ravens & Red Lipstick offers one of the first overviews of the subject to be published in English.

Visually bold and richly detailed, this volume traces the development of Japanese photography from the severity of post-war Realism to the diversity and technical ingenuity of photography in contemporary Japan, via movements and groups such as Vivo in the 1960s and ‘girls’ photography’ in the 1990s. Interleaved are new interviews with some of the most influential practitioners in photographic history, from Moriyama Daido to Araki Nobuyoshi and Kawauchi Rinko.

Lena Fritsch writes with imagination and clarity, interrogating a cross-section of photographic movements and works against the vivid, shifting backdrop of Japanese social, cultural and political history. The result is both an accessible introduction and an illuminating work of analysis, for general readers and aficionados alike.

About the Author
Lena Fritsch is a curator and art historian, currently working as the inaugural Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at the Ashmolean Museum (University of Oxford). One focus of her work is Japanese art and photography of the 20th and 21st century and she is an experienced translator of the Japanese language. She has published on a wide range of modern art, including the work of A.R. Penck, Ibrahim El-Salahi, Alberto Giacometti, Ishiuchi Miyako, Morimura Yasumasa, Agnes Martin, and art in Tokyo.

About the Publisher
Thames & Hudson was founded in 1949 by Walter and Eva Neurath. Their passion and mission was to create a ‘museum without walls’ and to make accessible to a large reading public the world of art and the research of top scholars. To reflect its international outlook the name for the company linked the rivers flowing through London and New York, represented in its logo by two dolphins symbolizing friendship and intelligence, one facing east, one west, suggesting a connection between the Old World and the New. Today, still an independent, family-owned company, Thames & Hudson is one of the world’s leading publishers of illustrated books with over 2,000 titles in print. They publish high-quality books across ‎all areas of visual creativity: the arts (fine, applied, decorative, performing), architecture, design, photography, fashion, film and music, and also archaeology, history and popular culture.