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下岡蓮杖: 日本写真の開拓者 =Shimooka Renjō: A Pioneer of Japanese Photography (Tokyo: Kokushokankokai, 2014) ISBN 978-4336057822 “Published in conjunction with the first major retrospective of Shimooka Renjo, held in Tokyo in 2014, this volume collects 246 of this important early Japanese photographer's works, dating from the late Edo period through the Taisho period. In addition to his many photographs, important examples of his work as a painter are introduced here for the first time. Fully translated into English, including all captions, new scholarly research and reference texts, this book is an invaluable new resource for collectors, scholars, curators, libraries and anyone interested in the history of photography.
Shimooka Renjo (1823-1914) was a pioneer of photography in Japan, yet until recent years few photographs had been positively attributed to him and little information on his life and work has been available in English. He also trained a number of important Japanese photographers including Yokoyama Matsusaburo, Esaki Reiji and Kamei Shiichi, contributing to the spread of photography in Japan.” This volume was published under the supervision of the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (Tōkyō-to Shashin Bijutsukan 東京都写真美術館).
Osamu James Nakagawa, Gama Caves (New York: sepiaEye, 2014). The final volume in Nakagawa’s Okinawa Trilogy, photographs of the landscape of Okinawa.
Linda Reinink-Smith, Recollections of a Hidden Laos: A Photographic Journey (Bangkok: Silkworm Books, 2014) 112 p. A photographic account of personal journeys through Laos in the 1990s that document towns and villages, traditional life, ethnic groups, and the environment.
Chen Wei, Chen Wei: Still Lives. Text by Iona Whittaker (Beijing: Thircuir Editions, 2013) 96 p. ISBN 9789881607904. Chen Wei is a young Chinese photographer whose “...photographs often incorporate inspiration and objects from childhood or fantasies juxtaposed with realities found in modern China.” Source: Art Stock Books Fall 2013 catalog.
Wang Qingsong, Wang Qingsong: Photographs. Text by Jérémie Thircuir (Beijing: Thircuir Editions, 2013), 128 p. Wang is known for making large, staged photographs and for using many models in the staging.
Marcel Heijnen, Residue (Hong Kong: AsiaOne,2013), 136 p. ISBN 9789881697776. Heijnen “...roams Asia’s urban centres to find weathered walls, places a glass pane in front of them, and then waits for the light to hit nearby buildings just so. For a fleeting moment, he can capture their reflections while the patina of the wall behind it steals through. Two realities collapsed into one in a single moment.” Source: Select Books online catalog.
7 Days in Myanmar. Text by Denis Gray, Nicholas Grossman, & John Falconer (Singapore: Editions Didier Millet, 2013?), 276 p. ISBN 978-981-4385-70-1. Thirty photographers from eleven countries spent a week capturing “...the life and spirit of Myanmar from every angle in every corner of the country.” The hundreds of photographs are put into context by several essays. Source: Publisher’s webpage.
Darren Soh, For My Son (Singapore: Platform/TwentyFifteen, 2013) 9 folded leaves. In this book, Soh records architecture that is to be demolished and thereby creates a “memory” of those structures for his son.
Kevin WY Lee, Bay of Dreams (Singapore: Platform/TwentyFifteen, 2013), Kevin Lee, known also as Ox Lee, is the founder of Invisible Photographer Asia. This book focuses on Singapore’s Marina Bay.
Lim Weixiang, Our Coastline (Singapore: TwentyFifteen, 2013), pages? Lim here documents the coastline of Singapore, including its populated beaches.
Han Lei: Photographs. Text by Maya Kóvskaya (Beijing: Thircuir Books, 2013) 95 p. ISBN 9789881607843. Han Lei “...is a pioneer of Chinese contemporary photography whose works often veer away from conventional beauty and focus on finding the coexistence of the ugly and the poignant in a single frame.” Source: Publisher’s webpage.
John Tagg, “The Mute Testimony of the Picture: British Paper Photography and India,” in Photography’s Orientalism: New Essays on Colonial Representation, ed. by Ali Behad and Luke Gartlan (Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute, 2013) ISBN 9781606061510
Weilun Chong, Please Mind the Gap: Singapore (Singapore: Weilun Chong, 2013?). Photos taken surreptitiously in Singapore’s mass rapid transit underground stations as people wait for or enter the trains. Chong has done a similar book of Hong Kong’s rapid transit passengers and several of streetscapes in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, and Hanoi.
Tay Kay Chin, Made in Singapore (Singapore: TwentyFifteen, 2014) Traces the story of an immigrant to Singapore from Bangladesh, his life there and his village in Bangladesh.
Aik Beng Chia, Tonight the Streets are Ours (Singapore: Invisible Photographer Asia, 2013) 52 p. ISBN 978-981-07-6465-4. Photographs of Singapore’s Little India section after dusk.
Maika Elan, The Pink Choice (Singapore: Goethe Institut, 2012) 100 p. “Vietnamese photographer Maika Elan's 'The Pink Choice' won the 1st Prize Contemporary Issue Award at the World Press Photo 2013. The Pink Choice is a series of photos about the love of homosexual couples which focus on living spaces, the affectionate touches, and more importantly, the synchronized rhythm of lovers sharing life together. Viewers may not feel the personalities of the subjects in the photos, but hopefully they can feel the warmth of their love and caring. In way, I wanted to show what I see of homosexual people and not how they see themselves.” Source: Invisible Photographer Asia webpage.
Eiffel Chong, Institutionalised Care (Singapore: Grenadier Press, 2013) 52p. ISBN 978-967-12099-0-5. Photographs of hospitals and professional care giving in Singapore.
Aji Susanto Anom, Nothing Personal (Jakarta: Srawung Photo Books, 2013) 55 p. Street photographs of the photographer’s hometown in central Java, Indonesia.
Hongjian Wang, “Pillar of the Nation: Photographic Representation of ‘Modern’ Chinese Masculinity in Liangyou”, in Liangyou: Kaleidoscopic Modernity and the Shanghai Global Metropolis, 1926-1945 (Leiden: Brill, 2013), pp. 161-178.
Timothy J. Shea, “Re-framing the Ordinary: The Place and Time of ‘Art Photography’ in Liangyou, 1926-1930,” in Liangyou: Kaleidoscopic Modernity and the Shanghai Global Metropolis, 1926-1945 (Leiden: Brill, 2013), pp. 45-70.
Sean Lee, Two People (Singapore: TwentyFifteen, 2013). A young photographer’s depiction of his family.