Skin of the Nation.
Photographs by Shomei Tomatsu. Text by Sandra S. Phillips, Leo Rubinfien, and John W. Dower. Foreword by Daido Moriyama.
Yale University Press,
208 pp., 34 color and 116 duotone illustrations, 9x10".
Published in conjunction with a retrospective at the San Francisco MoMA, this handsome monograph features nearly 150 images of one of Japan's premier photographers, Shomei Tomatsu. As a young witness to the impact of WWII, Tomatsu became a consummate observer of postwar Japan, documenting the aftermath and also the ongoing US military presence in Japan. The idea of Westernization is a persistent theme in Tomatsu's oeuvre; his work reveals a complex Japanese identity and highlights the social changes as a result of rapid Westernization. The images, organized by theme, are accompanied by his insightful words. Tomatsu's images are deeply entrenched in western documentary traditions, but his eye for symbolism gives the work a unique poetic narrative as well.
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