• I really didn't intend for this to become a fixation of mine, but there's just so much unavailable on the internet especially material of Japanese photographers. Older photobooks often had only one printing run, and the people who buy this stuff are the kind to hold onto it until they're 6 feet under. I'm also discovering my tastes in regards to what I'm willing to pay for and the type of photos I aspire to take. Just thinking about photographers dedicating their time to something truly obscure also makes my imagination bloom, trying to think what their rationalizations are and the day-to-day that gave birth to their perspectives. For that, I have no regrets in shelling over a few shekels for some dusty books.

  • !Contains images of gore!

  • Purchased: 1/27/2020
  • $7
  • Author Bio
  • aaaaaaaaaaaa
  • Purchased: 1/12/2020
  • $7
  • Published: 2009
  • The photobook is a collage of innocence, pictures of 13 secret bases built by kids inside suburban forests and inbetween houses. Nature photography but about pillow forts. The photographer even managed to interview some of the kids, and their quotes periodically dot every other photo. A comfy book that will unravel any reader's adult persona.
  • Ume Kayo - Umep

  • Purchased: 11/15/2019
  • $3
  • Published:
  • Author Bio
  • Found a photobook by Ume Kayo that I really liked at bookoff. I usually skip over landscape or portrait albums unless it's ethnographic stuff and this one centers around the ordinary. Street photography of people in the author's home town, filled with the benign charm of a small Japanese community. These are the sort of photos I'd like to take more of. She shoots with a Canon EOS 5.
  • Ume Kayo - Umeme

  • Purchased: 12/10/2019
  • $7
  • Published:
  • Author Bio
  • Found another photobook by Ume Kayo and her most famous one, Umeme. Both my sister and my mom has seen a copy somewhere. More benign charm of a small town.
  • Purchased: 11/20/2019
  • $12
  • Published:
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  • Got a new photography book by the late Kikujiro Fukushima. I bought it for $12USD which is a tad pricy, and it has a bit of commentary mixed in with the photos so the presentation is less pleasing. Regardless, fantastic photos of Hiroshima post-bombing, Japanese self-defence forces rearmament, Sanrizuka protests, Tokyo University protests, etc.: Events and controversies that defined post-war Japan. The photographer used to get death threats from Japanese monarchists and rightists for publishing photos like these. He shot with a variety of Nikon SLRs.
  • Vietnam

  • Purchased: 11/3/2019
  • Free
  • Published:
  • Visited a Myohoji temple known for their activism beforehand, and I spotted a 60's anti-Vietnam war protests photobook. Asked one of the priests if I could buy it, and they gave it to me? Like Halloween, I agonized whether I should actually attend, but this in my hands blew away any doubt. New experiences are good. In a return to form, anti-imperialist and pacifist protests erupted all over Japan after the Vietnam war kicked off. Japanese steel conglomerates like Mitsubishi and the shipping industry started to profit off an American war that was using their country as a launchpad.
  • 10/24/2019
  • $12?
  • Published:
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  • Historical context (wiki)
  • Historical context
  • The construction of Narita airport faced opposition from Chiba prefecture residents galvanized by leftist student protesters and anarchists. As a whole Leftism was reinvigorated by the lingering memories of American occupation and Japan's participation in the Korean war. To this day Narita airport is a lot smaller than initially envisioned precisely because of these protests. Japanese leftism died with the JRA purge unfortunately, unimaginable for something like this to happen today with the amount of political apathy up in the air. Overjoyed at finding this at Book-off, although I'm kicking myself 2 months later for missing the Zengakuren photobook. Older Japanese photobooks like these typically only had 1 printing run and are unobtanium as a whole.

    Created: 1/27/2020

  • Collecting Photobooks