Process and Creation.
Photographs by Shoji Ueda.
Seigensha, 2014. 224 pp., color and black & white illustrations, 7½x10¼".
Shoji Ueda is widely known for combining surrealist compositional elements with realistic depictions in his typically black and white images. The sand dunes of his native region of Tottori often provided a backdrop for his single and group portraits. This book examines the trajectory of methods and ideas behind his work, beautifully presented in remarkable full- and half-page photographs with short commentaries, and reflects upon newly discovered materials in order to inject new life into Ueda’s oeuvre. Published to mark the centennial of his birth, it features previously unknown colour photos and describes both his collage production methods and printing techniques.