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SHASHASHA EUROPE

'Symphony - mushrooms from the forest' - Takashi HOMMMA
Publisher: Case Publishing

Inspired by the Ed Ruscha series Coloured People, Japanese photographer Takashi Homma’s visited forests on three continents to search for radioactive mushrooms. The mushrooms—gathered in Scandinavia, Fukushima, Chernobyl and Stony Point—were photographed in front of a white background, with occasional photographs from the forests and views that Homma encountered during his hunt. The forest is one of earth’s most primal habitats; in the modern age, it is us who maintain and care for the forest.

“Just under 70% of the available land in Scandinavia is covered with forests, almost the same as in Japan. Further, the people living here enjoy a “freedom to roam,” which guarantees the right to enter into any forest, regardless of who it is owned by, and collect mushrooms and berries as long as no harm or damage is caused. If you visit markets in Scandinavia between summer and fall, you will find stands filled with yellow chanterelles ready to be sold. Most Scandinavians, however, are used to going into the woods to forage for mushrooms and berries. In 1986, the nuclear accident in Chernobyl occurred. The wind blew to the north-west, and two days after the accident five percent of the total radioactive material released during the Chernobyl disaster fell down over Sweden. Excluding the former Soviet countries, Sweden suffered the worst radioactive pollution of all European countries. The Swedish government immediately regulated the consumption of wild mushrooms and berries as well as meat from reindeer and moose. Reindeer meat, by the way, is a staple food of the native Sami people living in northern Scandinavia.”
/ from Takashi Homma’s afterword

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https://www.shashasha.eu/en/book/symphony-hard-cover
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'Vortex' - Takamoto YAMAUCHI
Publisher: Case Publishing

Takamoto Yamauchi’s latest book “Vortex” was created during several journeys within Japan and overseas and is a dark trip into the depths of the human psyche. Selected from over 30,000 photographs, Yamauchi’s “Vortex” slowly came into being during the author’s year-long correspondence with Daido Moriyama. The result is a dizzying book that transcends genres and engages in metaphors and narrative subtlety to explore Yamauchi’s interests in the black parts of the human psyche.

For more information:
https://www.shashasha.eu/en/book/vortex
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'The Essence of the Winter Forest' - Yoichi WATANABE
Publisher: bookshop M, Upas Production

Three covers available

Yoichi Watanabe’s journey into the forests in winter.

Based in Niseko in Hokkaido, one of Japan’s (and East Asia’s) most popular winter-sports regions, Yoichi Watanabe is deeply familiar with the local mountains, their vegetations, their seasons, their forests.
“The reason I take photographs of the forest is because that is where the snow falls, and I am a skier. With my skis on, and the trees and plants safely hidden by snow, the winter forest becomes a place where I can choose my desired path with freedom.”

His photobook “The Essence of the Winter Forest”, designed by Satoshi Machiguchi, documents the state of the forest during winter. Watanabe journeys deep and long to capture the diverse visual dynamic inherent to the season often associated with stillness or even death.

“To me, the forest is not just something to watch but a place of activity. With my skis on, and the trees and plants safely hidden by snow, the snow-covered forest becomes a place where I can choose my desired path with freedom.”

Watanabe’s photographs pay as much attention to the forest as a possible space for human activity as he does regarding its role as a (now dormant) ecosystem, shaped by processes and events that happened in the far past.

“To me, in this era of undeniable global climate change, immersion in this landscape is something that will never lose its appeal. Placing myself deep amongst nature I can feel the absolute totality of creation.
Being in the winter forest is where my creativity flows. It is the place, so important to me, that allows me to create my photographs.”
(quotes from Yoichi Watanabe’s afterword (included in Japanese & English translation) and artist statement)

For more information:
https://www.shashasha.eu/en/book/the-essence-of-the-winter-forest-a
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