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Hokkaido: Sakuan, Matapaan (SIGNED)

Takehiko Nakafuji
Hokkaido: Sakuan, Matapaan (SIGNED)

Photographs by Takehiko Nakafuji

Text by Mark Pearson

Design by Amanda Lo

Zen Foto Gallery, 2013

Edition of 1,000 copies

Softcover, two books in slipcase

52 pp. each book, 76 b&w illustrations

185 x 260 mm

ISBN 978-4-905453-24-6

Item #0124

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"As the opening up of the West and the Gold Rush was to America, as Siberia was for Russia, so was Hokkaido for Japan. A wild land, remote, unexplored and unexploited for millenia until the modern era. Hokkaido winters are severe, and the summers verdant. To reflect the extremes of season, this work is presented in two volumes. The Ainu words "Sakuan" and "Matapaan" have been chosen as titles of the respective volumes, meaning "Summer will come" and " Winter will come". (...) The photographs in high contrast black and white are recognizably from the tradition of Japanese photography. Nakafuji's predecessor Moriyama made a brutal vision of a real frontier land in "Hokkaido" while wrestling with his personal demons in the 1970's. In contrast, Nakafuji's photographs of Hokkaido seem to me hopeful and expansive. It is in his photographs of the megalopolis of Tokyo that Nakafuji's work reveals alienation. In "Sakuan, Matapaan" the roads, the railways, the sea, the streets of the towns lead to another place, where the search continues for attachment, for that elusive love." — Mark Pearson

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