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Iwao Yamawaki


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ISBN 10: 3882436425 / ISBN 13: 9783882436426
Published by Steidl / Edition 7L, 1999
Used Condition: Fine Hardcover
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4to.; illustrated throughout in black-and-white; beige cloth boards stamped in black; illustrated vellum dust-jacket; cardboard slipcase with illustrated label with very slight abrasion. This first monograph of renowned Japanese Bauhaus photographer and architect Iwao Yamawaki (1898-1987) is a rare opportunity to examine his refined and nuanced modernist photographs of architecture. Upon completing his architecture studies in Tokyo and joining a construction company, Yamawaki began to explore photography. In 1930 he left Japan to enter the Bauhaus in Dessau, Germany, where he found a supportive environment for both his photography and architecture interests. Under the influence of Bauhaus instructors Laszio Moholy-Nagy and Walter Peterhans, Iwao Yamawaki developed a visual photographic language that included architecture, portraiture, still-life, and photomontage. With its focus on his architectural photographs, this elegant oversized book highlights his ability to subtly explore the formal elements of a constructed space. Bookseller Inventory # 16

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Title: Iwao Yamawaki

Publisher: Steidl / Edition 7L

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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This is the first monograph illustrating the fascinating visual experiments of a very talented photographer of the Bauhaus era. Iwao Yamawaki is an interesting figure at the intersection of modernism and the history of Japanese photography. He began his career as an architect but became dissatisfied with Japanese practices. For that reason he travelled to Germany in 1930, where he enrolled as a student of the Bauhaus in Dessau. He started studying architecture at the Bauhaus, but soon moved on to the photography section where he produced architecture photography, portraits, still-lifes and photomontages. The photographic methods of Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and Walter Peterhans had a big influence on him. Yamawaki continuously analysed the relationship between photography and the design of spaces, and he often tried to interpret the connection between human beings and architectural space in his pictures.

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Text: German, English, French

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