About shashasha

Delivering Japanese and Asian Photography to the World

Shashasha brings the works of Asian photographers to a worldwide audience, easily accessible and at low cost. Shashasha WEB is a portal to introductions and purchases of out-of-prints to modern photography. On Shashasha APP, you can enjoy the photography on iPad.

Shashasha’s aims

Shashasha will allow people in any country to view classic and modern photobooks. We do not replace the paper photobook. As people discover photography on Shashasha many will want to own the real book and the real prints. We also reproduce classic photobooks that are no longer in print. These can be rare and expensive, but Shashasha makes them accessible to all at minimal cost.

Why shashasha

The distribution of photobooks is extremely limited, and it is impossible for an independent publisher to enter the national and global distribution systems. We initially conceived Shashasha as a way of making our books accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world. Artists want their work to be seen by the largest possible audience and publishers would like to give people a chance to buy their books.


Representative - Mark Pearson

Born 1960 in New Castle, England. Graduated from Emmanuel College Cambridge. Moved to Japan in 1981. Made a career in finance business and in 1998 established an investment company. A collector of Japanese photography and contemporary art. In 2009, started ZEN Photo Gallery in Roppongi Tokyo, which mainly introduces Japanese and Chinese photography.

CEO - Hiroshi Onishi

Born 1966 in Tokyo, Japan. Graduated from Aoyama Gakuin University, Department of Economics. After working for securities firm and bank etc, started Qlam Art Co. Ltd in 2005. Issuer of free paper“Article”. Radio personality of “Bunka Shien Monogatari” on Radio NIKKEI.

Advisor - Takayuki Ishii

Founder of the Japan’s representative art gallery Taka Ishii Gallery. Mainly handles photography and plays an active part of contemporary art, both in Japan and internationally. The artists of the gallery include leading figures in the photography world such as Nobuyoshi Araki and Daido Moriyama, and also young rising artists.

Designer - Yizhen Lin

Born in Taiwan. Moved to Japan in 2009. Graduated from Musashino Art University Design Major Master’s degree. In charge of project editing and design at Shashasha.