My father died in a slip-and-fall accident on July 15, 2017, at Mt. Ryokami in Chichibu County, Saitama Prefecture. At the beginning of that year, he was in the hospital to receive treatment and surgery for liver cancer, which was discovered in September of the previous year. After leaving the hospital in March, my father was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver, but he had gradually resumed working and continued his hobby of mountain climbing.
“Dad went out to the mountains yesterday morning and never came back. ……”
It was a sunny morning when I received a phone call from my mother, and then it felt as if the ground was crumbling beneath my feet. After filing a missing person’s report at the police station near my parents’ house, my father-in-law gave me a ride to Mt. Ryokami.
As much as I wanted my father to be safe, I couldn’t stop thinking about what would happen if I couldn’t find him. I was feeling hopeless. As if to reflect my feelings, it began to rain heavily as we approached the site. Before arriving at Mt. Ryokami, I received a call from the Ogano Police Station in Saitama Prefecture. They informed me that the body of someone matching my father’s description had been discovered at the bottom of the trail. When I checked the body that had been brought to the police station, it was unmistakably my father’s face. It was a hot summer day, so his body was cremated as it was. My family didn’t get to see his face on his last day.
When the nightmarish day for our family was over, what came to my mind as I was driving back to Tokyo from Chichibu, was not so much sadness over his death but rather anger over why he had gone climbing despite his health condition so soon after the surgery.
About a week after my father’s funeral, I remembered that I had family photos in a drawer of a cupboard in my parents’ house. I searched through the images, trying to find a glimpse of my father, and came across a large number of photos of him climbing mountains, which had never caught my attention before. The image of him in his mountaineering clothes and backpack, looking contented in nature as far as the eye could see, was different from the gentle father I knew at home.
I wondered why mountain climbing fascinated my father so much. To ease the resentment caused by accident, I began to look for what he saw in it. Relying on his notes, I started to purchase climbing gear, including clothing and food. I decided to climb the mountains he climbed.
“THE LAST SUMMIT” artist book by Shu Watanabe
・Language: Japanese or English
・Size: 215 x 312 x 24mm
・69 editions only (all made to order)
・Each edition will be signed and give the edition number by the artist
・Photo / Edit / Binding / Print: Shu Watanabe
・The book concept, storyline, and art direction developed: Yumi Goto at Reminders Photography Stronghold・English Proofreading: Sachie Takagi, Marc Kaufman
・Photos provided: Katsumi Kawashima, Yuko Kawashima, Tomoki Sato, Kazuo Fukata, Mizuko Yamaoka, Norihisa Watanabe
This is a Peruvian photographer, Giancarlo Shibayama’s artist book.
This is a photobook which can be said as “travel book” which gazed at the identity of Giancarlo herself through the record of his grandfather who moved to Peru from Japan and the archive of historical facts.
In this book, old articles of Peru’s newspaper “El Comercio” are posted as materials.
Since the original text of the “El Comercio” is written in Spanish, English translation and Japanese translation that extracted the points are posted, and I worked on the type setting of Japanese translation.
Since it is a newspaper article older than 70 years ago, in order to produce that image, we used Japanese fonts with elements of “Tsukiji-tai” used in letterpress printing, and added an effect reminiscent of “bleeding” by typography .
This book was produced through a workshop at Reminders Photography Stronghold in May 2017.
On the day Giancarlo’s grandfather passed away, his relatives took away his grandfather’s photograph from his family album. At that time, the image which captured the trace remaining in the album as its own “identity map”.
「写真新世紀 東京展」での展示風景 / Images of New Cosmos of Photography Tokyo Exhibition
An announcement flyer’s design of Amak Mahmoodian’s photo exhibition “Shenasnameh” held at RemindersPhotographyStronghold.
Shenasnameh means “birth certificate”.
This project focusing on the identity of Iranian women. Arrange the face picture of a woman with a black cloth on the surface. On the reverse side, it was a design that treated fingerprints, which is a testimony of identity as well as face photographs.
The women’s face photographs were printed very small and displayed according to the actual size of the birth certificate.
According to the author Amak says “All women who have covered black cloths look the same, but by approaching the pictures they will be able to recognize the differences (identities) of individual women’s faces.”
The theme of the project was an exhibit that was very well represented.
“RPS Photobook Masterclass Exhibition by 2016 Workshop Participants” Achievement presentation exhibition of photobook workshop held at Reminders Photography Stronghold, Gallery in Higashi-mukojima, Tokyo.
I made an exhibition flyer design for this exhibition.
A presentation presentation exhibition here that various kinds of photobook gather without being bound by the concept of the existing book. I expressed the image by a visual using a silhouette of a book that abstracted to the limit, a text structured with layers, and Red that is an image color of the gallery.