This book was published in 2008 to accompany the first retrospective exhibition of Miyako Ishiuchi in Europe.
The book is designed as a leporello ‘folding out’ book of 70 pages. On one side of the leporello there are photographs from Ishiuchi’s early book trilogy from the late seventies: Apartment, Yokosuka Story and Endless Night. On the other side of the book there are images from her later and more recent works, including 188.8.131.52, 1906, Skin and Mother’s.
“Through her images of subjects ranging from the American Occupation of Japan and the bombing of Hiroshima, to women’s scarred bodies and her mother’s and Frida Kahlo’s personal effects, Ishiuchi Miyako, born in 1947, has explored the passage of time and history. Like Shomei Tomatsu and Daido Moriyama, renowned Japanese photographers who emerged in the 1950s and ’60s, Ishiuchi’s early work has been shaped by the residual presence of World War II. Her first series, Yokosuka Story (1976–77), focused on her coastal hometown, the site of a U.S. naval base that was permeated by American culture. Projects that closely followed—Apartment (1977–78), which explored the interiors of Tokyo’s postwar housing, and Endless Night (1978–80), for which she photographed brothels—honed Ishiuchi’s vision as well as her process; for her, the image is a physical object made by hand in the darkroom.” http://aperture.org/blog/interview-ishiuchi-miyako/
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