Magazine article Geographical

Shoji Ueda

Magazine article Geographical

Shoji Ueda

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SHOJI UEDA with a short story by Toshiyuki Horie; Chose Communue; 60 [pounds sterling] (hardback)

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When the publishers of a new monograph of photographs by Japanese photographer Shoji Ueda (1913-2000) visited his archive in Japan, they found boxes upon boxes of negatives, transparencies and vintage prints stacked from floor to ceiling. So began the duo's journey into the surreal world of the master photographer who throughout his decades-long photography career concentrated his lens in and around a stretch of coastline in Tottori Prefecture, Japan, where he lived for much of his life. The book features 90 black and white and colour images from Ueda's archive, many of which have never been published before. The aim is to show the range of Ueda's vast body of work, which takes in the idyllic coastal landscapes of his home in all seasons, and the comings and goings of the folk he encountered there. We see stark snow-covered beaches, but also figures drenched in summer sun. While the majority of his subject matter was daily life, Ueda captured the stranger aspects of life. …

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