Boris Mikhailov

Boris Mikhailov : From Japan

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Boris Mikhailov's "Japan" presents photos taken by the groundbreaking Ukrainian photographer in Tokyo during the winter of 2006-2007. "I want to know what is the real Japan and what is the difference between Japan and me," Mikhailov stated as he embarked on his first long stay there. This selection of nearly 30 color photographs made with various techniques and formats reflects Mikhailov's critical yet respectful observations of Tokyo life, while also confronting viewers' preconceived notions about the Japanese people. Mikhailov's spontaneous street scenes feature marginal figures: The old and the poor, the homeless lined up at a soup kitchen, people who have fearfully been wearing face masks since the 1995 Sarin gas attack. An ironic image of Mikhailov, his fist raised in defiance, echoes the gesture of writer and political activist Mishima Yukio, who committed Seppuku (ritual suicide) in 1970. The mix reveals Mikhailov to be an unbiased and astute social observer.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 150 x 210mm | 505g
  • Steidl Publishers
  • Steidl Verlag
  • Gottingen, Germany
  • English
  • 176 colour illustrations
  • 3865218172
  • 9783865218179

About Boris Mikhailov

Boris Mikhailov was born in 1938 in Kharkov, Ukraine, and today lives and works in the Ukraine and Berlin. His work has been important in documenting the effects of the break-up of the Soviet Union on social structures and the human condition. Mikhailov has exhibited extensively, at institutions including the Kunsthalle Zurich and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2000 he was awarded the Hasselblad Award.show more