The photobook “Living with the Waters” offers that rare combination of photographs that have both merit as artistic images and as historical documents. Taken by Tokio Matsubara in the town of Wakaura between 1955 and 1969, the book offers an aesthetically dense trip into a past that has disappeared. Matsubara, born in Wakaura in 1940, took his first photographs aged 11; his extraordinary photos capture local townsfolk of Wakaura as well as local customs like nori farming in various photographic styles ranging from portraits to almost surreal-looking landscape shots.
“If you don’t leave behind a record, nobody will know what happened,” Matsubara said in an interview with Asahi Shinbun. “From the very first photograph I took when I was 11 years old, I have kept all of my negatives.”
All texts included in Japanese and English translation.
- Book Size
- 276 × 217 mm
- 116 pages
- Publication Year
- English, Japanese
- Limited Edition