Eikoh Hosoe

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Aperture Foundation, 1999 - Photography - 95 pages
"To me photography can be simultaneously both a record and a 'mirror' or 'window' of self-expression. The camera is generally assumed to be unable to depict that which is not visible to the eye. And yet the photographer who wields it well can depict what lies unseen in his memory."--Eikoh Hosoe

Eikoh Hosoe is an integral part of the history of the modern Japanese photography. He remains a driving force in photography, not only for his own work, but also as a teacher and as an ambassadorial figure, fostering artistic exchange between Japan and the outside world. His influence has been felt not only in his native country, but throughout the international photographic community.

Aperture's newly expanded Masters of Photography book series presents an introduction to the seminal photographers of our time. Each book in the series presents more than 40 images spanning the artist's career, along with a chronology, exhibition history and selected bibliography.

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About the author (1999)

Eikoh Hosoe was born in the Yamagata Prefecture of Japan in 1933. Today he remains one Japanis most important artistsonot only for his own work but also as a teacher and as an ambassador fostering artistic exchange between Japan and the outside world. He is the founder and director of the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts and professor of photography at the Tokyo Institute of Polytechnics. Hosoe lives in Tokyo and is represented by the Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York.

Eikoh Hosoe was born in 1933 and established his reputation as a leading Japanese photographer following the publication of his first book "Man and Woman" in 1961. He received international attention with the publication of his portraits of the writer Yukio Mishima in "Barakei: Killed by Roses" in 1963. His other books include "Kamaitachi "(1968), "Embrace "(1971), and a recent study of the Spanish architect Gaudi (1984). He is professor of the Tokyo Institute of Polytechnics. A new edition of" Barakei "was published by Aperture in 1985.
Shomei Tomatsu was born in 1930 and has established a reputation internationally with a form of photography which is both intensely personal and documentary. His first book "11:02 Nagasaki" (1966) revealed his extraordinary vision. His work forms a remarkable document of postwar Japan and has influenced many Japanese photographers. His recent books "The Pencil of the Sun" (1979) and" Sparkling Winds" (1979) reveal his interest in the island communities of Okinawa. His work has been included in many international exhibitions and a major retrospective of his work was held in Graz, Austria, in 1984.
Masahisa Fukase was born in 1934 and published his first book "Homo Ludence "in 1971. His work was included in the exhibition New Japanese Photography at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1974. Much of a long narrative series of "Crow" was included in his book "Yokho" (1978). Many of the photographs were exhibited in "Neue Fotografie Aus Japan" in 1976 and "Japan: A Self Portrait "at the International Center of Photography, New York, in 1979.
Daido Moriyama was born in 1938 and has worked as a graphic designer and as an assistant to EikohHosoe. His work has been included in all of the international exhibitions of Japanese photography and his original style has greatly affected the course of modern photography in Japan. He has published many books in Japan and his first book of essays, "Inunokioku" (Dog Memories) was published in Tokyo in 1984.
Mark Holborn was born in London in 1949. He is Editor of "Aperture" and is presently living in New York. His book on Japanese landscape, "The Ocean in the Sand," was published in 1978. He has written texts for "Beyond A Portrait: Dorothy Norman and Alfred Stieglitz "(Aperture, 1984) and "Barakei," Eikoh Hosoe's photographs of Yukio Mishima (Aperture, 1985). He is preparing a text for a book on Butoh, a form of contemporary Japanese dance, to be published by Aperture in 1986.

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