L’escargot de Kita-Iiyama


Following photobooks like Monsieur Spleen de Tokyo or Tokyo a Raies, in which the city of Tokyo was the stage for Papa-chat Yokokawa’s walking snapshots, the Japanese photographer returns to his hometown in Nagano Prefecture for his 2021 book L’escargot de Kita-Iiyama.

“The sound of the railway crossing next to the station takes me back to my childhood”, he writes in his afterword (included in Japanese and French). Having traveled between Kita-Iiyama and Tokyo for more than 50 years, the mountain town still takes him back to intimate memories of his grand-parents and parents. His photography, however, is more interested in the town’s reality than his own nostalgia. Wandering through the town’s nooks and crannies like a stray cat, Yokokawa captures vivid but unpeopled scenes of an almost picturesque Japanese mountain town which, like many rural towns like it, experience a phase of depopulation.

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BY Tatsuyuki Yokokawa
DETAILS 17.1 × 19.5 cm
534 pages, 527 images
Softcover, Slipcase
LANGUAGE Japanese, French
YEAR 2021

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