Aperture Magazine Vol. 219 Summer 2015


Aperture Magazine Vol. 219 Summer 2015

  • Tokyo  -- Summer 2015 issue of Aperture magazine (volume 219)

    Softcovered.  Dimensions:  9.2" x 11.9"

    Used, in very good condition.


    Entitled "Tokyo", Vol. 219 of Aperture magazine explores Tokyo’s role in narratives of Japanese photography. 

    The issue includes interviews with established Japanese photographers, articles on the history of photography in Japan, and portfolios by contemporary artists whose work is unknown in the United States.

    In the Words section, critic Noi Sawaragi and novelist Hideo Furukawa consider the unique character and history of Tokyo in relation to image-making; Ivan Vartanian looks through the pages of popular technical and erotically minded magazines of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s to reveal some of the most significant photography produced during those decades; curator Yasufumi Nakamori examines how artists in the late 1960s, working against a backdrop of social upheaval and anxiety about the future, began to experiment with photography and make radical shifts in the art of the period; and scholar Franz Prichard introduces Takuma Nakahira, a key figure in the story of Japanese photography whose contributions remain relatively unknown outside Japan.

    In the Pictures section, curator Matthew S. Witkovsky revisits Takuma Nakahira’s landmark 1971 Paris Biennale photo-installation; Nobuyoshi Araki’s new Polaroid collages; Takashi Homma’s camera obscura urbanscapes; Cozue Takagi’s vibrant, collaged images; Dan Abbe on rising star Daisuke Yokota’s enigmatic photographs that focus on the image’s tactile surface; curator Niwa Harumi on Issei Suda’s documentation of traditional folk traditions and stylish characters in 1970s Tokyo; Mayumi Hosokura’s formal studies of nudes and natural forms; Lesley A. Martin on Rinko Kawauhchi’s never-before-published series of landscapes made in Japan and abroad; Andrew Maerkle on Naoya Hatakeyama’s Tracing Lines series, focusing on one of Tokyo’s major thoroughfares; and historian Ryuichi Kaneko in conversation with Kikuji Kawada, the celebrated octogenarian post-war photographer.


    Aperture magazine is an international quarterly journal specializing in photography.  It is the flagship publication of Aperture Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation, intended to connect the photocommunity and its audiences with the most inspiring work, the sharpest ideas, and with each other.  Aperture magazine describes itself as an essential guide to the art and phenomenon of photography.  Each issue focuses on a major theme in contemporary photography, serving as a book about its subject, for anyone interested in understanding where photography is heading.  With fresh perspectives on the medium by leading writers and thinkers, and beautifully designed and produced, Aperture magazine makes new ideas in photography accessible to the photographer, student, and the culturally curious alike.