" Tamiko Nishimura was Daido Moriyama's assistant in the early 1970s, at the time he was making some of his greatest work and was a leading light in the so-called Provoke 'school'. But Nishimura was also a formidable photographer in her own right, as can be discerned from her book Shikishima, published in 1973, one year after Moriyama's great masterpiece, Bye Bye Photography." in The Photobook: A History volume III
The book “Shikishima” is a series of photographs taken during 1969-72 on the artist Tamiko Nishimura’s journeys around the Tohoku, Hokuriku, Kanto, Kansai, and Chugoku regions of Japan.
"The weather changed often, with strong winds, sunshine, clouds, and rain. I was strongly attracted by the how the light shined, by the smell of flowers, and just by the atmosphere of the place, rather than what I actually saw. Even if I walk through the same place every day, each walk would be different, depending on who I meet or how the light shines. It is not particularly about visiting somewhere new. Still, while watching foreign ships in Kobe Port I dreamed of one day sailing in one to a country I’ve never been to before." -- Tamiko Nishimura