Photographs by Hideka Tonomura.
AKAAKA Art Publishing, 2008. 134 pp., illustrated throughout, 10¾x8½".
Hideka Tonomura’s 'Haha Love' is an intimate portrait of the photographer’s mother, split into two distinct halves. The first part, shot in black and white, shows Tonomura’s mother in bed with a lover. Tonomura obscures the lover, which brings the viewer’s attention right to her mother’s face. These photographs were difficult to take, and although there are elements of pain and complicity here, the series is intended as a statement of affection. In the second half, shot in color, we see her mother counting money, which was for a loan that needed to be paid back. Clearly, each part has a certain amount of tension, and the book taken as a whole is an intense exploration of the photographer’s immediate family.
Nobuyoshi Araki writes the Obi for this phonebook saying 'Playing around with the darkness.'