Nao Manabe’s series “Through the Waves,” published by the Irie Taikichi Award Executive Committee following her win of the third Irie Taikichi Award.
In “Through the Waves,” Nao Manabe presents a very personal study of life on Hawaii—mostly as it is experienced by the Japanese minority. Manabe has first become interested in Hawaii as a subject for art after visiting the islands during a student exchange program in high-school.
“[...]she is very superior in her ability to create a work that keeps the freshness of her impression when she saw a particular scene for the first time. The work has no preconceived ideas; it is just portrayed with a pure eye. I think her works reach beyond the genre of the documentary.”
— Kotaro Iizawa (chairman of the Irie Taikichi Award Committee) about Nao Manabe’s series
Soft-cover, 188 pages, boxed. Includes several testimonies by Japanese artists and jurors and detailed info for each photograph (in Japanese and English translation).