PHOTOGRAPHY ZINES AND BOOKS NO: 54

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Who?

Yusuke Nagata is a Tokyo based Japanese photographer. He does a lot in the street photography community from darkroom workshops to zines. He is the founder of Tokyo SPC and has done a visual interview with us as well.

What?

A Sentimental Journey of sorts, the book follows a roadtrip to his grandmother’s who recently passed away to clear her belongings up in Hokkaido. He stops at various locations on the way there and back, most notably the Fukushima disaster area from March 11, 2011. The trip ends with the state funeral of former Prime Minister Abe. The first half of the book features a backdrop image with two images (one on each page overlayed). While the second half of the book is made of 35mm and 120 contact sheets. Lots of work!

Why?

Moments in time like these need to be captured, and what a beautiful manner to do it in. I liked his words half way through the book, “Our Daily life, it’s like sand clenched within our hands. While we believe it to be eternally ours, it inevitably slips through our fingers before we even get a chance to notice. Even if we yearn to reclaim those ordinary days, the same moments are nowhere to be found. In the grand theatre of life, I wonder, how many more times will my eyes behold the falling of the cherry blossoms.”

Details.

  • W21 x H28 cm
  • 96 pages
  • Limited edition of 300
  • Signed
  • Published in July 2023
  • Printed in Japan
  • ISBN  978-4-911140-00-0

Where?

The zine can be purchased from his website here for 30$.

 

 

One Day in Coney by Alex Munoz

Who?

Alex Munoz is a U.S. photographer based in Tokyo. Over the last year he has really been around the Tokyo street photography scene, running into him a quite a few events. He has a popular Youtube and also extremely knowledgeable on baseball history.

What?

One Day in Coney is just that, a day spent shooting Coney Island. Inside are 36 film photos all shot on Lomography Color 400, Leica M2 and Voigtlander Ultron 35 f2 asph.

Why?

Why not? There is after all a rich photo tradition of photographing Coney Island from Aaron Rose and Harvey Stein to both Bruces in Davidson and Gilden. This could be a point of deterrence or a chance to add upon tradition. All of it heightens the truism of one simply seeing for oneself… essentially the basis of the medium.

Where?

You can purchase the zine here on Alex’s website for 45$. There is free international shipping! Limited to an edition of 100, as of today there are about 20 copies left! Act now!

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Thanks to our two guests for their submissions, it is a really cool thing to be able to share them all with you. And remember, this is open to everyone. If you would like to have your zines or books featured then all you have to do is mail me. Hopefully there will be plenty more of you who want to get your books and zines out there to the world. Another installment will be coming soon.

Thanks,

JCH