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KAZUYOSHI USUI »SHOWA88« – selected by DAN ABBE

»Although Japan’s Showa period ended in its 64th year in 1989, showa88 imagines a world in which it 07 never stopped. For Kazuyoshi Usui, Showa represents a colorful, vivacious way of life — almost an optimistic attitude of survival in the face of difficult conditions — which he wondered if he could still find and photograph in contemporary, comfortable Japan. To do it, he has celebrated the fake and the gorgeous in equal measure: an almost sickeningly-sweet pink hue pervades the book, right down to the sheen of the cover. It’s hard to know whether to find these photographs beautiful or repulsive, but for me, this willful cultivation of a Japanese ›good bad t aste‹ makes Showa88 a breath of smoky yet fresh air.«

DAN ABBE
WRITER
TOKYO

KAZUYOSHI USUI
»SHOWA88«
edited by Mark Pearson
publisher: Zen Photo Gallery, Tokyo 2011
design: Satoshi Machiguchi
language: english
format: silkbound hardcover with mounted picture, cardboard slipcase, 26.2 × 18.8 CM, 80 PAGES, 40 color reproductions, print run: 1.000

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