Forms of Japan
Michael Kenna – Yvonne Mexer-Lohr
Prestel Verlag 2022

Suddiviso in cinque capitoli che narrano rispettivamente il mare, la terra, gli alberi, la spiritualità e il cielo, questo poderoso volume racoglie 240 immagini realizzate da Michael Kenna in trent’anni di Giappone.

Now available in a beautiful new edition, this book presents a meditative, arresting and dazzling collection of 240 black-and-white images of Japan, made over almost 30 years by the internationally renowned photographer Michael Kenna.

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 organized 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Kenna’s traditional black and white silver prints, the photographs in this book include both well known and previously unpublished images from all corners of Japan: Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu, Okinawa, and Shikoku.