ASPHALT IV, by Various Artists


 

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This is the fourth installment in the black and white photography journal ASPHALT, edited by the famed photo editor Akira Hasegawa, who made a name for himself editing such classic books as Karasu ("Ravens") by Masahisa Fukase, and Journey to Nakaji by Daido Moriyama, among many others.

This issue -- unfortunately earlier issues have already sold out their print run -- features the work of Japan-based South Korean photographer Yang Seung Woo, whose photo essay looks at the Korean Yakuza centered in Daejeon (images #3, 4, and 5).

ASPHALT member Shinichiro Tojimbara contributes a photo essay on Yokosuka, the site of one of the American military bases and a place which will be familiar to any fan of photographers like Moriyama, Shomei Tomatsu, and Miyako Ishiuch (image #6)i. Atsushi Fujiwara is another member of the ASPHALT publishing team, and this issue sees the final installment in his wonderfully subtle series of vernacular building exteriors that he calls "Trace" (image #7).

Softcover, 26cm x 21cm, 48 pages, all captions as well as Hasegawa's introduction in both Japanese and English.