Shomei Tomatsu.
55 series.


Photographs by Shomei Tomatsu. Series editiedby Hermione Ireland.
Phaidon, London, 2001. 128 pp., 55 black-and-white illustrations, 5¾x6¼".

"Shomei Tomatsu is the most important living photographer in Japan. He is on a par with Henri Cartier-Bresson and Bill Brandt for pioneering a new approach to photography and his work has greatly influenced subsequent generations of photographers. Tomatsu's photography is a mix of symbolism and realism. Some of his most famous work includes images of the effects of a typhoon on his home town, in which 5,000 people lost their lives, and the effects of the Atom bomb on the population of Nagasaki. Another of his major projects has been documenting the Americanization of Japan following the postwar Occupation. Contrasts are a key theme in his work."-the publisher.

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