Shimpei Asai Photobooks

Shimpei ASAI

"Water Jazz"

Pages: 60 / photos: 30
Size: 298x298x12mm / hardcover
Price: 3,800JPY
Release Date: October 2011





Shimpei ASAI


Pages: 152 / photos: 76
Size: 235x304x21mm / hardcover
Price: 3,675JPY
Release Date: April 2008


Most of the photos in this book were not taken for the purpose of showing them.
While working with mi friends and acquaintances, I played with my camera as if I were holding a dialogue with each of them. Those moments remained in my hand in the form of film.
Most of the photos are of well-known figures and so they were used to being photographed, but they show utterly different expressions in these photos.
I, on the other hand, captured them in my lens casually but carefully so as to not miss their subtle motions and expressions that would change instantaneously.
Because these occasions took place quite a long time ago, I do not recall what our dialogues were about.
What deeply interests me is that regardless of this, even today, these photos express themselves with a solid sense of existence.
Photos stop the passage of time.
Everyone knows this, but still, I think it is like magic.
Photography was invented via technology and people's imaginations. But it is like magic, as photos not only capture reality, they also capture the depths of people's lives and the external world.

(Excerpts from the author's postscript)


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