Book – Alone Together



Alone Together
Published by Kaya books 2014
Editor: Syunichi Nishiyama
Bookdesign:Katsuya Takasaki
Text :Akiko Otake Photographs that disengage us from ourselves
Translation:Pamela Miki
Language : English, Japanese
Hard cover/Clothbound/One double gatefold
Paper:Vent Nouveau
Size : 216x303mm 68 pages, 31 photographs
Edition 600
ISBN 978-4-9907910-0-1


Winner of Shashin Book Award 2014, Paris, France
Selected for Brighton Photo Biennial exhibition, UK
Collection Indie Photobook Library, USA

Reviews/Blogs :
Josef Chladek on photo books and books  
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Matej Sitar, THE ANGRY BAT’S – nice photobooks

サイズ:A4変形 216x303mm
エディション 600


I may have been your great-grandmother. Your face, passing by me, I know it.

At a certain point in time, I began to think there are no unrelated people in this world. I feel as if I had been taught this by my daughter who had never been born into this world, and by the death of friends who have died too soon.

As we engage in our lives, each of us who live as individual existences will, at a certain moment, come across each other suddenly. When we do, all proper names will be stripped away and we all become “I,” just one of the number of people in the world. At the root of life that breathes in the depths of each of us, we will feel that we are all directly connected.

When in a large crowd of people, “I” vanishes. Within the “countless I’s,” the “big I.”

                                                                       from the preface

私はあなたのひいおばあさんだった、のかもしれない。 すれちがうあなたの顔を、私は知っている。

あるときから、この世に他人はいないと思うようになった。 この世に生まれることのなかった娘や、早すぎた友人たちの死が、 私にそう教えている気がする。

個々の存在として生きている私たちの一人ひとりが、 生を営むなかで、ある瞬間、ばったりと出会う。 そのとき、すべての固有名詞が剥がされ、この世に人の数だけいる、 ”私”同士となり、それぞれの奥深くに息づく命の根源に、 まっすぐつながっていると感じる。

大勢の人のなかにいると、私は消えてしまう。 “無数の私”、“大きい私”、のなかに。

                                                              — 序文より

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