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Case Publishing / shashasha

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Founded in 2015 with a focus on photography and contemporary art, Case Publishing made it its mission to expand the art book into a platform for an even richer variety of art forms. Together with Japanese galleries and international artists, Case Publishing elevates artbooks into a new mode of expression by utilizing the individual strengths of books both as a medium and as objects. In September 2017, Case Publishing opened exhibition spaces in Tokyo and Rotterdam which serve as places of cultural exchange for local communities.

With its own publications, Case Publishing has created and experienced photobooks in all their potential forms: from conventional photobooks-as-catalogues, which reproduce works with minimal intervention; photobooks-as-books, which allow photographers to express their vision without compromise; to photobooks as a form of collective expression, in which artists and specialists from a diversity of fields—designers, printers, writers, etc.—work together to create an encompassing, new form of the book which surpasses individual expression.

Established in 2012, shashasha is an online photobook collection aimed at making Japanese and Asian photography more accessible to a worldwide audience. Created first as an online archive available through the iPad application, shashasha developed to include an online webstore to provide a platform for both independent and established publishers and artists to expand their audience. The core aim of shashasha is to provide a platform to allow and encourage an engagement with Japanese and other Asian photography: an avenue to the rich culture of photography from the Region.

For inquiries contact Nobuhiro Kobayashi, nobuhiro@case-publishing.jp

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Roadside Lights Seasons: Winter

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Born in Wakkanai, Hokkaido in 1955. 

Driven by the question what happiness means to us humans, Ohashi began visiting the Himalayas, Tibet, Pakistan and China’s Western Regions in 1984, and documented landscapes of local ethnic minorities over a period of 20 years. 

In 2008, Ohashi started to work as a commercial photographer and began photographing vending machines throughout Japan. Eiji Ohashi’s main exhibitions so far include Roadside Lights at Galerie&co199 (Paris, 2017) and Existence Of at Zen Foto Gallery (Tokyo, 2017).

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Symphony - Mushrooms From the Forest

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Takashi Homma (b.1962) is a Japanese photographer born and based in Tokyo. He studied photography at Nihon University College of Art, and left in 1984 to take a job as an in-house photographer at a Tokyo advertising agency. In 1991 he moved to London for two years to work as a photographer for i-D Magazine. 

Homma’s work examines the nuances of Tokyo’s suburban districts, its urban centre, its surrounding landscapes, and its people. Homma's pictures tell a tender and discreet story of the Tokyo discourse. He observes and documents sterile contemporary architecture, well-groomed highways, hidden rooftop gardens, desolate chain restaurants, quiet car parks, stray teenagers, children at play, objects in a home, snow-capped mountains, and hypnotic seas. 

Homma has published several photography books throughout his career. In 1999 he was awarded a Kimura Ihei Commemorative Photography Award for his project, Tokyo Suburbia (1998), his formative work now considered a classic. Homma had his first solo museum exhibition, New Documentary, showing at three museums in Japan from 2011-2012. 

He is currently a guest professor at the Tokyo Zokei University Graduate School and resides in Tokyo.

A Hunter

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Daido Moriyama (b. 1938 in Osaka) lives and works in Tokyo. 

After training in graphic design, he began to work in photography as an assistant to Takeji Iwamiya and Eikoh Hosoe and started his career as a photographer in 1964. His work for magazines like Provoke and his photobooks (Japan: A Photo Theater in 1968 and  Farewell Photography in 1972) and his expressive style of ‘Are‑Bure‑Boke’ have had a radical impact on the photography world both in Japan and the rest of the world. He is one of the most influential Japanese photographers.

Moriyama is a recipient of The Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography (2019) and the Lifetime Achievement award at the 28th Annual Infinity Awards from International Center of Photography, New York (2012).

Shanghai

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Born in Kanagawa prefecture in 1960, Nakada moved to Shanghai in 1999 and has been photographing people on the streets of Shanghai since 2008. In 2016, he exhibited Shanghai at Place M, and continued his exhibitions Passerby A (2017), Five Eyes (2018), and Four Limbs and Five Organs (2019) at the same venue. 

Nakada is also actively participating in exhibitions and photo festivals overseas. In 2018 he held his exhibition Five Eyes at Machine House Brewery in Seattle, USA and participated in Shanghai International Photo Festival, China Naiman Camel Bell on Silk Road International Photo Festival, and Yixian International Photo Festival in the same year.

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Ash (New Edition) 

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Born in Chongqing in 1979, Muge currently lives in Chengdu, China. He is the founder of Muge Gallery. Muge received the Photographer of the Year Award from American photography magazine PND in 2013 and was selected as one of the most notable photographers born in the 1970s and 1980s by IMA Magazine, Japan. His works have been exhibited both domestically and internationally, including his solo exhibition Behind the Wall at Format Photo Festival in 2019; 40 Years of Chinese Contemporary Photography at OACT Contemporary Art Terminal Shenzhen in 2018 and Three Shadows Photography Art Centre Beijing in 2017; Chinese Contemporary Photography at Kunstraum Villa Friede in Germany in 2015; The Rising of Dragon: Contemporary Chinese Photography at Katonah Museum of New York in 2012. His main publications include Ash (Zen Foto Gallery, Japan, 2013 for the first edition, 2019 for the new edition) and Going Home (Jiazazhi, 2014. China).

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