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ALLEGORIES OF TIME AND SPACE: JAPANESE IDENTITY IN PHOTOGRAPHY AND ARCHITECTURE. Jonathan M. Reynolds. University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, 2015. 360 pp. with 87 ills. (23 col.). 23 x 21 cm. LC 2014-20309 ISBN 9780824839246 In English.
Publisher's description: Allegories of Time and Space explores efforts by leading photographers, artists, architects, and commercial designers to re-envision Japanese cultural identity during the turbulent years between the Asia Pacific War and the bursting of the economic bubble in the 1990s. This search for a cultural home was a matter of broad public concern, and each of the artists under consideration engaged a wide audience through mass media. The artists under study had in common the necessity to establish distance from their immediate surroundings temporally or geographically in order to gain some perspective on Japan's rapidly changing society. They shared what Jonathan Reynolds calls an allegorical vision, a capacity to make time and space malleable, to see the present in the past and to find an irreducible cultural center at Japan's geographical periphery. The book commences with an examination of the work of Hamaya Hiroshi. A Tokyo native, Hamaya began to photograph the isolated "snow country" of northeastern Japan in the midst of the war. His empathetic images of village life expressed an aching nostalgia for the rural past widely shared by urban Japanese.
Indexing: Western, Non-Western in a Western Style, Asia (Western Style) — Japan — Post-2000 — Architecture, Photography
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 165716
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