Schiffer. Dec. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9780764364983. $100. TRAV
Sautter, a photographer who specializes in editorial, corporate, and architectural assignments and who has been based in Japan for over 40 years, shares many areas of the country that are often kept from public view. This book centers around six themes: metropolis, nature, costume, ritual, sacred, and aesthetic. Each section includes an essay by one of various contributors on the theme of the photographs, along with relevant historical and contemporary information and discussion of how Japan’s shift from agrarian to densely urban lifestyles has impacted it. The metropolis and nature sections are sparely captioned, but their subject matter might be recognizable only to those readers who have intimate knowledge of Japan. The other sections have more captions with insightful and helpful text for readers to better understand the images and section’s topic.
VERDICT Photographers, arm-chair travelers, and anyone interested in Japanese culture will find something of interest and likely some new knowledge too.
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