Monsters & Madonnas

Photobooks by their very nature are collaborative endeavors. On their most basic level they involve a photographer and a printer. More often than not, they also engage a collaborative dialogue with a designer. During the 1960s in Japan, as traditional artistic boundaries blurred to form truly interdisciplinary creative think tanks, photographers such as Daido Moriyama, Issei Suda and Eikoh Hosoe formed collaborative relationships with performing artists in dance, film and theater. These creative exchanges, which merged the visual with the performative as photographers sought to uncover a new language beyond words, were the seeds for many of the most inventive photobook collaborations. By working as set photographers for the highly experimental intermedia filmmaker, theater impresario, and tanka poet Shuji Terayama, photographers Moriyama and Suda engaged in a dialogue that created hybrid forms of artistic expression from a mash-up of traditional Japanese folk arts, highly eroticized gender explorations, and Dada inspired…

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