Chose Commune, 2021. First editon. Hardcover, 20-page concertina book with a ribbon on the spine, 16 color illustrations, 210 x 270 mm. Photographs by Toshio Shibata. Design by Akiko Wakabayashi.
The book Painting reveals 16 unpublished colour photographs by Toshio Shibata, a Japanese photographer who is known for his rigorous and meticulous compositions. The representation of intimate yet spectacular landscapes — natural, and especially artificial — are at the core of Shibata’s work. In keeping with the tradition of painting that Shibata studied in his early years in 1968, this book celebrates the abstraction of beauty. It has been designed in a concertina format that can also be turned into a suspended object — just like a kakemono, a Japanese unframed scroll painting made on paper or silk and displayed as a wall hanging..