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Concieved while shooting his book "New Dimension," in "Vernacular" Naoki Ishikawa shifts his focus from ancient cave paintings to architectural patterns among native communities. Once again he traveled far and wide, this time visiting France, Benin, Ethiopia, Peru, Bolivia and Canada. By examining the way that the communities in these areas build their houses, Ishikawa finds a way to understand how a culture develops in relation to its own land. Ishikawa sees houses as a physical, "vernacular" expression of how these cultures function. Yet this book is not just a catalog of houses from around the world. While the houses are shot in a similar way--facing the viewer head-on--Ishikawa also shows a looser style in documenting the cultures themselves.
Includes English translation of a text by the photographer.
VERNACULAR｜by Naoki Ishikawa | ISBN : 978-4-903545-39-4〡185 × 245 mm | 576 page softcover〡Published by Akaaka | December 2008
Art Director : Tatsuya Ariyama