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Filippo Maggia, Chiara Dall'Olio (Eds)

Skira, 2011
144 pages
113 illustrations
ISBN: 9788857204710

Yasuzo Nojima (Urawa, 1889 - Hayama Isshiki, 1964) is one of the most important figures in the history of modern Japanese photography. His work ranges from 1920s Pictorialism to modern Bauhaus-influenced photography in the 1930s, ending with a gaze intentionally removed from reality during the years of the Second World War.

Nojima was first and foremost a great interpreter of light and of the endless gradations produced by lines and shadows on the faces and skin of the figures portrayed. Most importantly, Nojima was an interpreter of souls: a pure and extremely discrete artist who made his subjects immortal by bestowing nobleness upon them - a nobleness as austere as it is intimate, and thus, possibly for this very reason, of a sort that escapes the ravages of time and of people's gaze.

Over a hundred images from the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, an institution that owns a large collection of this artist's work, document a refined and cultured pictorialist photographer whose work is almost unknown in Europe.


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