Forms of Japan : Michael Kenna, Hardback

Forms of Japan : Michael Kenna Hardback



A rocky coast along the sea of Japan; an immense plain of rice fields in the snow; Mount Fuji towering over misty wooded hills; silent temples devoid of people but brimming with Buddhist deities; a Torii gate mysteriously emerging from moving clouds and water-these are a few images from this remarkable collection of photographs by Michael Kenna, whose black-and-white work is highly renowned.

Forms of Japan, brilliantly designed by Yvonne Meyer-Lohr, is organised into chapters simply titled, "Sea," "Land," "Trees," "Spirit," and "Sky." The quietly evocative photographs, often paired with classic haiku poems of Basho, Buson, Issa and others, provide a contemplative portrait of a country better-known for its energy and industry.

Gorgeously reproduced to convey the enormous subtleties that exist in Michael Kenna's traditional black-and-white silver prints, the photographs in this book include both well-known and previously unpublished images from all corners of Japan: Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu, Okinawa and Shikoku.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 304 pages, 240 duotone
  • Publisher: Prestel
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  • Category: Individual photographers
  • ISBN: 9783791381626



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