Mika Ninagawa

Ninagawa is a world-famous photographer from Japan. Her photography is quite personal, full of saturated colors, lots of details, elements, sometimes even overloaded. She has worked for the most important magazines in Japan and abroad but I discovered her in the greatest clothes and pictures and pretty girls magazine, the deceased Smart Girls (which also featured the work of Yasumasa Yonehara and  Naito Keisuke)

I always liked her pictures, not so much her movies (she has been a  2 times director as of now, Sakuran and Helter Skelter). I kinda liked the first one (very similar in style to her photography) but I did not like the second at all. Anyway let´s talk about this book. I got it last year at International Nagoya Design Center.

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The book is thick and heavy and comes in a Cardboard slipcase. As you can expect from usual japanese photography book standards, quality of paper, printing and binding is all top-notch. If you are into japanese culture you will find lots of familiar faces: Yayoi Kusama, Kuriyama Chiaki, etc. The imagery is great, with many japanese motifs and elements, and also lots of nature photography: plants, flowers, etc…

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The book, visually,  is incredible rich even if sometimes you will need to rest your eyes. It is quite the visual overload from beginning to the end (and the book is 352 pages)

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The book also has an introduction and conversation with Moriyama Daido (soon to be featured here) and Ninagawa herself. It is actually a great read.

I bought as soon as it came out and it was expensive. I just can´t remember how much I paid for it but it was worth every yen. Now I believe is not so easy to find, probably out of print, but is still around on the interwebs. Published by Rizzoli.

Definitely recommended.

 

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