The History of Japanese Photography.
Text by Anne Wilkes Tucker, Dana Friis-Hansen, Kaneko Ryuichi, and Takeba Joe.
Yale University Press,
432 pp., 356 color illustrations, 9x12".
"What we know about the history of photography is less than what remains to be discovered," begins Tucker's introduction to this monumental volume. She continues, "The goal of this exhibition and catalogue is to present the first nuanced, thorough history of Japanese photography in a Western language, along with some of the finest extant examples of Japanese photography, to a broad audience." The work, limited to Japanese photographers (as opposed to photographs of Japan) is truly sweeping in scope, exhibiting an immense artistic diversity. The underlying intent of this project is summed up in the following exemplary statement. "Photography was one of the most powerful cultural forces in the twentieth century, and the extent of its influence will not be fully understood until we understand the patterns of its evolution worldwide."
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