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TOMATSU Shomei. Taiyo Enpitsu / Pencil Sun (1975)



TOMATSU Shomei. Taiyo no Enpitsu / The Pencil of the Sun. Okinawa & S.-E. Asia / Okinawa, Umi to Sora to Shima to Hitobito, soshite Tonan Asia e (Okinawa, Sea, Sky, Islands, People, and then towards South-East Asia). Tokyo: Camear Mainichi / Mainichi Shinbun, 1975. First edition. — AVAILABLE: see STOCKLIST for pricing

Description — Square in-4° (24 x 25.5 x 1 cm), (252) p., 950 g.
Pict. softcover, 230 full-page b&w (150) and color (180) photographs. Text in Japanese; Preface & captions also in English.
Couv. souple ill., 230 photographies n&b (150) et coul. (180) à pleine page. Texte en japonais ; préface & légendes également en anglais.

État / Condition — Fine (wear to cover).
Bon (couverture frottée).

Remarques & avis / ReviewShomei TOMATSU initially spent one year and a half in Okinawa to witness the retrocession of the territory to Japan, but whereas nothing really happened and US soldiers and military bases stayed, the photographer ended up changed by his journey, and his photography changed too, through the two parts of the Pencil of the Sun, one in black, dedicated to the Okinawan archipelago, the various traditions & everyday lives of her people, and the other in color, dedicated to South-East Asia and its cities and villages, harbors and people, to which Okinawa may indeed be culturally closer. Numerous fantastic portraits, and the light all around.

A l'origine, TOMATSU Shomei passa un an et demi dans l'archipel d'Okinawa pour observer la rétrocession du territoire au Japon, mais laors que rien ne se passa en fait et que les soldats américains et bases demeurèrent, le photographe fut profondément changé par son séjour, et sa photographie avec lui, à travers les deux parties du Crayon du Soleil, l'une en noir, consacrée à l'archipel d'Okinawa, ses traditions diverses et les vies quotidiennes de ses habitants, et l'autre en couleur, consacrée à l'Asie du sud-est et ses villes et villages, ports et gens, desquels Okinawa est probablement plus proche culturellement. Des portraits fantastiques, et la lumière tout autour.

Divers / Misc. — Series / Photos taken in:

Okinawa (monochrome)

Hateruma / Iriomote / Miyako / Ogami / Tokashiki / Kuroshima / Iheya / Ojima / Aragusuku / Taketomi / Ikema / Yabishi / Irabu / Ishigaki / Kobama / Kumejima / Irabu

S-E Asia (color)
Indonesia / Malaysia / The Philippines / Thailand / Vietnam / Taiwan / Singapore / Okinawa

Takashiki / Malacca / Lamplang / Bali / Zamboanga / Nagagusuku / Togjakarta / Saigon / Kirun / Tansui / Chiang Mai / Singapore / Naha / Musha / Koza / Manila / Ayutthaya / Solo / Tang Ping / Futenma / Rokko































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