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Grau Zone vol.2″
Tokuko Ushioda / Hajime Sawatari / Mitsuru Katsumoto / Sakiko Nomura


“Grau Zone vol.2″ is composed of analogue photography by artists associated with Hanayo and called by her for an exhibition titled “Grau Zone of Four”.
Moldy positives, old photographs taken ages ago – all these were supposedly not to have been shown in public. As in this era that everything goes with blistering speed, those photographs in this book somehow make us think of the notion of “time” captured in photography. They were shot in different time and spaces, but we, viewers still can feel certain warmth and nostalgia as if we have once shared the time depicted in the photograph.[Although time in photography could normally refer to the moment of scene snapped, we could also say that the time captured there could last forever beyond the time and places of when photographs were taken originally.

“Grau Zone vol.2″
Tokuko Ushioda / Hajime Sawatari / Mitsuru Katsumoto / Sakiko Nomura
Art Direction: Yoshihisa Tanaka  Design: Rin Takehiro
Size 257×182 mm, Without binding, 32 pages
Price: 3,000 yen
Edition: 100
Printed by Hakko Bijutsu
Publisher: Baby Panda Printing
Year: 2014
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Hanayo “Grau Zone”


This “Grau Zone” is composed of unpublished works of Hanayo taken after her return to Japan in 2010 from her 15 years stay in Germany.

As always in Hanayo’s work, this series of photographs tries to depart from overused ways of photographic expression, and this time, with new challenge of monochrome photographs.  Characteristic blurred pictures merged into the world of monochrome, it appears like a daydream calling your nostalgia. Although the subject of “ordinary day” can still be seen here, the style seems to have shifted from bright pop to somehow fantastic, lyrical approaches.

Hanayo says, she could re-discover Japan as if new places, through photographs taken after her long stay in Germany. Tokyo, as her hometown, friends in new places – the time accumulated in the places plus a momentary spark that happens when encountering something new – these will be gradually appeared on paper through manual printing of analogue films. At the same time, it reminds us of the nature of photography that captures a moment of no return. Challenging, and intimacy – the approach of Grey Area does represent the artist’s life itself.

“Grau Zone
Hanayo
Art Direction: Yoshihisa Tanaka  Design: Rin Takehiro
Size 257×182 mm, Without binding, 40 pages
Price: 3,000 yen
Edition: 100
Printed by Hakko Bijutsu
Publisher: Baby Panda Printing
Year: 2013
Out of Stock

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Images on the paper
Stories and streams weaved as turning the pages (with touches and sounds)
Materials of analogue printing, not for mass-production
With a high-technique printing process
Becomes new expression as an object
Something that we keep losing as we go through evolution of civilization
That phenomenon happens to the world of photography
Wonder if this really is an evolution
We, with Tanaka of editor and designer of this book, are thinking
Doing some experiment what we can see by continuing this series of book

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