The photographs in high contrast black and white are recognizably from the tradition of Japanese photography. Nakafuji's predecessor Moriyama made a brutal vision of a feral frontier land in “Hokkaido” while wrestling with his personal demons in the 1970s. In contrast, Nakafujis photographs of Hokkaido seem to me hopeful and expansive. It is in his photographs of the megalopolis of Tokyo that Nakafujis work reveals alienation. In “Sakuan, Matapaan” the roads, the railways, the sea, the streets of the towns lead to another place, where the search continues for attachment, for that elusive love.
Consist of two individual books:
Sakuan: Summer coming
Matapaan: Winter coming
HOKKAIDO: Sakuan, Matapaan｜Takehiko NAKAFUJI／中藤毅彥｜182 x 257 mm｜52 pages each book｜38 photos (Matapaan) 38 photos (Sakuan)｜Softcover, 2 books in a box｜Limited Edition 1000｜Published by Zen Foto Gallery｜2013