Issei Suda


This book is not yet published, but will be available from October 2024.

ISBN: 9780500297353 Category:

Simon Baker


An illuminating introduction to little-known photographer Issei Suda, who captured the soul of Japan old and new.

The work of Issei Suda (1940-2019) is distinct in contemporary avant-garde Japanese photography for its celebration of the beauty of the everyday. His black and white pictures reflect on apparent banality of urban life, capturing ‘the little surprises usually ignored in our world’: the shadow of a figure, the shapes of the street, the expressions on stranger’s faces. Suda’s practice revealed the tensions between old and new Japan, juxtaposing the ingrained visual traditions of Japanese culture with the prevailing western vocabulary of fashion, advertising and leisure, as seen through his observant and tender lens.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 12.5 x 19 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 15 October 2024
Number of pages 144
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 12.5 x 19 cm
Weight 300 g


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Simon Baker is Director of the Maison Européenne de la photographie (MEP).