I have written before about Naoya Hatakeyama’s photographs taken in the aftermath of 3/11 1. He published some of these photographs as Kesengawa with Kawade Shobo, but I just saw the European version of this book, published by Light Motiv 2, and it is much better. The design of the book and the layout of Hatakeyama’s text suits his images very well. I’m not sure yet how to track this book down, but it’s not to be missed.
Kazutomo Tashiro 1 will release his first photobook, “When Hamayuris Are in Bloom,” on November 8. This work is a long-term project of portraits taken in Fukushima and Tohoku after the March 11 disasters. The book is 488 pages long, includes 453 photographs, costs ¥3,990 and is the first book published by Satoyama-sha 2. Amazon.co.jp 3 will carry it, and you might also be able to purchase it from photographers gallery 4, where Tashiro is a member.
Installments of “When Hamayuris Are in Bloom” have been exhibited a number of times at photographers gallery, and the work has attracted some attention; scholar Yoshiaki Kai wrote about it for the third issue of Art Critique 5.
If you will be in Paris between November 9 and 17, I would suggest visiting the “Lumix Meets/Tokyo 2020 by Japanese Photographers 9” 1 exhibition, currently slated to take place at 1 Rue Richelieu. This show will feature a number of young talents in the field of Japanese photography:
A different venue was listed on the website a couple of days ago, and I can’t find any information about “1 Rue Richelieu,” so it might be best to check the site again before heading out. It’s less than a week before the show and the site is still Japanese-only, so while it certainly looks like this has been thrown together at the last minute, I hope things go well—it could be a very good introduction to the work of some young Japanese photographers. I won’t be in Paris, but I would be curious to hear how things go if you stop by.