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2021.07.04-07.11

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flowers

Yoshiyuki Okuyama

There was a gentle calm in my grandmother's eyes.
She had skinny arms and a hard stoop.
She always wore a purple cardigan.

As I sit in this room all day long,
that is how I remember her.

Curiously enough.
I clearly recall her wrinkles and the tone of her voice,
even though I only saw her a few times a year.

In the late afternoon, the bright light that enters the room
has a color I feel I'm seeing for the first time.
The soft clicks of the shutter dissolve in the light,
accentuating the silence.

What was she thinking about?
To her eyes, how did the light look?

Gazing at the dust neatly gathered by the window,
I slowly release the shutter
with feelings of nostalgia and a little regret.

I must not forget.

We become realized, physically and mentally,
when we reflect ourselves off of other people.

That's why we always want someone
to listen to our stories.
That's why the color of the light must have been
too lonely on her own.

A conversation with my grandmother.
And the portrait of my life.

flowers

Yoshiyuki Okuyama

152 p
261 × 216mm
2021

$54.00

The Garden of The Camellia

Yoshihiko Ueda

About Yoshihiko Ueda

Photographer / Curator Born 1957 in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. Assisted Masanobu Fukuda and Taiji Arita, before launching his career as an independent photographer in 1982. From editorial work, he went on to shoot numerous commercial photographs and films. International recognition for his commercial work includes the Tokyo Art Directors Club Grand Prize, New York Art Directors Club Award, and a Silver Lion at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity among many others. In parallel, Ueda has also since 1982 continually pursued his artistic practice. As of 2018, he has published 34 photography collections. He is the director (since 2011) of Gallery 916, where he plans and produces photography-related exhibitions, publications, and talks.

296 p
148 × 223 mm
2020

$31.00

Asada family

Masashi Asada

Asada Family is organized into two halves; first half, the family is engaged in role play and Latter half is the self-reenactment of the Making of photography.
Where the two halves meet at the book's center, there is a short section of texts.

Here, the photographer addresses the reader, describing his body of work as "a slightly different take on commemorative photography."

If each of the scenes are a planned and staged role play involved each family members, the photography itself becomes the occasion for the family to gather, as opposed to the photography being an unplanned side-product of a family gathering or event.

His photo making process has a magic which makes an ordinary day change to special anniversary.

Through and through, the work is warm-hearted and endearing, as any family album would be.

Watch the PV video here.

106 p
257 × 182 mm
2008

$29.00

AKAAKA was founded in 2006 in Japan. Specializing in photography and art, AKAAKA have published more than 230 books in the past 12 years, featuring a diverse range Japanese and international artists, 7 of whom have been awarded the Kimura Ihei Photo Prize.

*The twilight photo was taken by Artist Harumichi Saito.