This beautiful book presents a meditative, arresting, and dazzling collection of 240 black and white images of Japan, made over almost 30 years by the internationally renowned photographer Michael Kenna.
A rocky coast along the sea of Japan; an immense plain of rice fields in the snow; Mount Fuji towering over misty wooded hills; silent temples devoid people but brimming with Buddhist deities; a Torii Gate myseriously emerging from moving clouds and water-- these are a few images from this remarkable collection of photographs by Michael Kenna.
FORMS OF JAPAN is designed by Yvonne Meyer-Lohr, organized into chapters titled, SEA, LAND, TREES, SPIRIT, and SKY. The quietly evocative photographs, often paired with classic haiku poems of Basho, Buson, Issa, and others, provide a contemplative portrait of a country better-known for its energy and industry. Gorgeously reproduced to convey the enormous subtleties that exist in Michael Kenna's traditional black and white silver gelatin prints, the photographs in this book include both well known and previously unreleased images from all corners of Japan: Hokkaido, Honhsu, Kyushu, Okinawa, and Shikoku.