Taratine

Taratine

Daisuke YOKOTA

Publisher: Session Press

With a fold-out poster

Taratine,the firstUS monograph by acclaimed Japanese photographer Daisuke Yokota. Highly regarded for his technical and aesthetic kinships with the avant-gardeMono-hamovement of the ‘60s and withProvoke-era masters such asDaido Moriyama and Takuma Nakahira,Taratinerepresents a new direction for Yokota, one that centers his work for the first time in another Japanese tradition, that of the confessional photographicI-novel. Comprised of photographs and a moving essay penned by Yokota,Taratineis his most personal work to date.

Taratinebrings together two bodies of new work—one from a road trip to Tohoku in 2007, and a second taken in Tokyo in 2014. The Tohoku photographs were inspired byYokotahappeningupon an ancient ginkgo tree in the Aomori prefecture. Called “Taratine”,thistree has been worshipped by generations of women for its legendary fertility-enhancing properties. Yokota was reminded both of the Tohoku region’s traditional—and lingering—connection to the awe of natural spirits (the influence ofJomon-period animism) and of memories from his own childhood.

From this experience came a photographic ode to those traditions and memories, one that also expresses his strong admiration for the important women in his life:his mother, in the case of the Aomori pictures;and his girlfriend,in the Tokyo pictures. By fusing the two together inTaratine, Yokota is charting a new direction for his work. As Marc Feustel observes in the afterword, “Unlike its predecessors,Taratineis driven by a more ambiguous and slippery set of emotions and sensations. A need for maternal love evolves into lust and desire. As much a book about sounds and smells as one of images—Taratineheightens all the senses as it breathes fresh air into a grand Japanese tradition.”

Book Size
216 × 279 x 15 mm
Poster Size
864 x 557 mm
Pages
160 pages
Language
Japanese, English
Binding
Softcover
Publication Date
2015

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