TOMATSU, SHOMEI

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Clth, 10 x 12 in. / 216 pgs / 125 duotone.

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PUB DATE 5/31/2014
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Shomei Tomatsu: Chewing Gum and Chocolate

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Edited by Leo Rubinfien, John Junkerman. Text by Leo Rubinfien, Shomei Tomatsu.

Featured photograph is reproduced from <I>Shomei Tomatsu: Chewing Gum and Chocolate</I>.One of Japanís foremost twentieth-century photographers, Shomei Tomatsu has created a defining portrait of postwar Japan. Beginning with his meditation on the devastation caused by the atomic bombs in 11:02 Nagasaki, Tomatsu focused on the tensions between traditional Japanese culture and the nationís growing Westernization, most notably in his seminal book Nihon. Beginning in the late 1950s, Tomatsu photographed as many of the American military bases as possible--beginning with those on the main island of Japan and ending in Okinawa, a much-contested archipelago off the southernmost tip of the country. Tomatsuís photographs focused on the seismic impact of the American victory and occupation: uniformed American soldiers carousing in red-light districts with Japanese women; foreign children at play in the seedy landscape of cities like Yokosuka and Atsugi; and the emerging protest- and counter-culture formed in response to the ongoing American military presence. He originally named this series Occupation, but later retitled it Chewing Gum and Chocolate to reflect the handouts given to Japanese kids by the soldiers--sugary and addictive, but lacking in nutritional value. And although many of his most iconic images are from this series, the best of this work has never before been gathered together in a single volume. Leo Rubinfien, co-curator of the photographerís survey Skin of the Nation, contributes an essay that engages with Tomatsuís ambivalence toward the American occupation and the shifting national identity of Japan. Also included in this volume are never-before-translated writings by Tomatsu from the 1960s and 70s, providing context for both the artistís original intentions and the sociopolitical thinking of the time.
Shomei Tomatsu (1930Ė2012) played a central role in Vivo, a self-managed photography agency, and founded the publishing house Shaken and the quarterly journal Ken. He participated in the groundbreaking New Japanese Photography exhibition in 1974 at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and, in 2011, the Nagoya City Art Museum featured Tomatsu Shomei: Photographs, a comprehensive survey of his work.

Featured photograph is reproduced from Shomei Tomatsu: Chewing Gum and Chocolate.

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A sardonic homage to America's influence on post-war Japan, Aperture's definitive collection of Tomatsu's defining work is filled with biting irony and subtle sweetness.

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 5/14/2014

Shomei Tomatsu: Chewing Gum and Chocolate

Shomei Tomatsu: Chewing Gum and Chocolate"In the area outside the gates of American bases, there are usually entertainment districts that cater to the soldiers. They are garish, heavily made-up neighborhoods. In Okinawa, Koza is the biggest base town, followed by Kin. When I go to Okinawa, I always visit Koza and Kin. Whenever Iíd go into one of those base towns, Iíd always feel slightly dizzy. Why? For the longest time, it was a mystery to me. But now that mystery is finally beginning to unravel. In my mind, I completely reject the American bases and the towns around them. But in some corner of my mind, thereís a part of me that feels nostalgic for the heavy makeup of the theater district, which is called forth by the heavy makeup of the base towns." Koza, Okinawa (1977) and this excerpt from Shomei Tomatsu's 1973 text for a Japanese literary magazine are reproduced from Aperture's extraordinary new monograph, Chewing Gum and Chocolate, releasing this week. continue to blog


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SHOMEI TOMATSU: CHEWING GUM AND CHOCOLATE

Edited by Leo Rubinfien, John Junkerman. Text by Leo Rubinfien, Shomei Tomatsu.

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Pub Date: 5/31/2014
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Photographs by Toshihara Ito, Shomei Tomatsu.

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ISBN: 9784771328310 | US $29.95

Pub Date: 5/2/1998
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