Ichiro Kojima
Solitude Standing


1st edition 1,000 copies
80 pages, 62 black & white plates
cloth on hardcover, embossed
text ; Japanese and English
book design ; Katsuya Kato
size ; 270mm x 225mm x 18mm
release date ; August 2024
 
with booklet  ( Evening Sun in Tokyo )
text by Shigemi Takahashi ( Aomori museum of Art )
12 pages, 6 black & white plates
 
roshin books 2024
ISBN 978-4-909742-05-6

小島一郎の写真家としての活動期間は、戦争から復員後に活動を始め、亡くなるまでの僅か10年という短い期間だが、残された作品は、東北に生きる人々やその大地をドラマティックに表現したもので、観る人をいまだ惹きつけてやまない。

近年の出版物として「小島一郎 hysteric eleven(ヒステリックグラマー刊 2004)」、「小島一郎写真集成 (インスクリプト刊 2009)」が出版されているが、roshin booksは小島作品に存在する孤独、孤高な側面から作品を見つめ直し、未発表の作品を含めて新たに「Solitude Standing」として編集しました。

また、別冊として小島がカメラ雑誌に発表した最後の作品である「東京の夕日」を制作しました(未発表1点含む6点)。津軽の作品で賞を受賞し、華々しく上京後も自らを成功へと導いた東北の作品を越えることができないという苦悩の果てに、擦り切れた心で眺めていたであろう東京の夕日の先には、雪が降り積もる津軽の景色が見えていたのではないか、そんな思いからこの別冊を添えることにしました。


As a photographer, Ichiro Kojima began his career after returning from the war and continued for a brief period of only ten years until his passing. Despite this brevity, his remaining works dramatically depict the people and landscapes of Tohoku, continuing to captivate viewers to this day.

Recent publications include "Ichiro Kojima hysteric eleven" (published by Hysteric Glamour in 2004) and "Ichiro Kojima Shashinshu Sei (published by Inscript in 2009)," but roshin books has taken a fresh perspective on his works, particularly focusing on the solitary and solitary towering aspects found in Kojima's works, including unpublished pieces, and newly editing them as "Solitude Standing."

Additionally, a separate volume was produced featuring Kojima's last work published in a camera magazine, "Evening Sun in Tokyo" (including one unpublished piece among six). Having received awards for his Tsugaru works and despite the anguish of not being able to surpass his Tohoku works that led him to success even after moving to Tokyo, it is thought that beyond the sunsets of Tokyo he gazed upon with a worn-out heart, he could see the snow-covered landscapes of Tsugaru. With such thoughts in mind, this separate volume was created.