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Understanding a Photobook: Kazuyuki Yamada

Tokyo-based artist and bookmaker Kazuyuki Yamada’s book Stroll in Midair makes its debut in our online exhibition PRESENTS: The Photo Book. On such an occasion, we talked to Kazuyuki about what is and how to ‘read’ a photobook. Hope you enjoy the interview with Kazuyuki, and feel inspired to create ‘something that you don't want to let go of.’ 

The term ‘photobook’ is recent. What is your definition of a photobook? 

Freedom. Door.

What is it about the book form that is particularly appealing to you?

Although there are some restrictions and disadvantages, I think that the lack of involvement from a third party allows for more individuality. I am attracted to things that show the passage of time, such as second-hand books (with deckled edges) and old documents.

What are your tips on how to 'read' a photobook? What and where should the viewer pay attention to?

Just as one feels it. I hope one will enjoy the texture and appearance of work as well, rather than necessarily trying to understand the intention or meaning. 

What makes a photobook work?

It's an interest and sense of beauty that I have within myself, and it's also one way to step outside of my own frame. I see it as a kind of training to imagine freely. 

What advice would you give to artists looking to make a photobook?

Create something you don't want to let go of.

What are the possibilities and limitations of self-publishing?

For better or worse, it may be good in terms of communicating oneself as it shows an artist's own senses, skills, and morals. The limitations are time, quantity, connection, ability to get the word out.

Can you share with us the one photobook that profoundly changed your thinking about photography? 

Sound of Summer Running by Raymond Meeks and Sacchin by Nobuyohi Araki.

Click here to see more about Kazuyuki Yamada in PRESENTS: The Photo Book