Osaka, by Shunji Dodo


Through his teaching at Osaka Visual Arts college, first as a teacher and later as principal, Shunji Dodo has been an influence on many young photographers, including his two sons Arata and Takeshi. But he is also an accomplished photographer in his own right, with several prize-winning collections of large-format work, including his two books on Japan's Kii Peninsula, A Radiant Land: Kii Peninsula and A Radiant Land with Thousands of Years. In 2009, Vacuum Press brought out a small book of Polaroid 55-shot photographs of his vegetable garden and Osaka's cherry blossom trees, A Vegetable Garden, Sakura, and in the Fall of 2012, his Horizon Far and Away 1968 - 1977, of work from his student days and beyond, will be published.

While certainly not neglecting his hometown of Osaka -- indeed his first published work Shinsekai: Mukashi mo ima mo (1986) was shot in the down-and-out Osaka district of Shinsekai -- Osaka finds Dodo making an a meditative, beautiful portrait of the streets, shops, alleys and above all residents of Japan's second-largest city.

Hardcover, with dustcover. 26cm x 26cm, 188 pages.