Bruce Gilden – Cherry Blossom
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Bruce Gilden – Cherry Blossom

by Atelier EXB


This book brings together the photographs that Bruce Gilden took in Japan during two residencies and several trips between 1995 and 1999, presenting both the most iconic and half of the unpublished ones. As always, on an impulse of a few fractions of a second, the Magnum photographer gets as close as possible to his subjects and catches them on the fly. In Tokyo and Osaka, he looks for impenetrable places and is interested in the communities that Japanese society tries to hide, especially the yakuzas, motorcycle gangs, marginal people… The result is a gallery of disturbing and fascinating portraits.

Twenty years later
Inspired by the exhibition on “The New Japanese Photography” at MoMA in 1974, Bruce Gilden arrived in Japan twenty years later for a first six-month residency at the Villa Medici, followed by a second three-month residency in 1998 in the
followed by a second residency of three months in 1998 within the framework of the Japan Foundation and several trips until 2000. With his Leica, he leaves every day, at dawn, to explore a Japan that we don’t know, the one of the people on the fringe in the big Japanese metropolises, especially in the dangerous district of Sanya where gangsters
I thought I had landed in another world, a kind of Japanese version of the Court of Miracles, where all the day laborers, the destitute, the alcoholics and other socially excluded losers live from day to day. In the evening they light braziers to keep warm and in the early morning they queue up in the hope of being hired by the yakuzas for a small job. I took the subway almost every day to arrive at 5:30 in the morning, in the dark, alone, and trusted my instincts to sniff out danger.”
Each image is a powerful, nervously energetic encounter that creates the picture of a strange and singular street scene. A first selection of these photographs was published in GO in 2000 and for this new book, twenty years later, Bruce Gilden has delved into his archives. With the benefit of hindsight, he has extracted some thirty unpublished images from these hallucinated stays in search of personalities as strong as his own. In this way, he transcribes his vision of Japan.
As an introduction, the photographer also makes us relive his peregrinations through several anecdotes and stories.

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Publisher: Atelier EXB
Release: 9th September 2021
Texts: Bruce Gilden, Sophie Darmaillacq-Gilden
Format: bound, 19 x 26 cm
Pages: 144 pages, 66 photographs B&W
ISBN: 978-2-36511-298-7

Additional information

Weight 1.1 kg
Dimensions 19 × 26 cm

Atelier EXB

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