VIEWS OF JAPAN FROM THE GLORIA KATZ & WILLARD HUYCK COLLECTION OF PHOTOGRAPHS
Huyck, Willard & Gloria Katz. Edited and designed by Manfred Heiting. Gottiungen, GERMANY: Steidl, 2017. First Edition. Oblong 4to. Cloth in Printed Slipcase. Photography Monograph. As New/No Jacket - As Issued. 144pp, profusely illustrated in color and b&w. Text in English. Designed by Manfred Heiting.
Most collectors have their own unique attractions and approaches to the objects of their collecting. This exquisitely produced volume features the adventures of Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck - two renowned filmmakers who began collecting Japanese photography more than a decade ago - whose ongoing hunt seems indeed like a Hollywood movie. A memoir about their love of Japanese photography and their experiences collecting it, “Views of Japan” makes available a selection of rare masterpieces from their extensive collection along with a personal “script” recounting how they scouted, debated, selected, and ultimately acquired many of the works. This was no small undertaking considering the rarity of some of the images, particularly those taken before the 1970s. Since 2002, they have assembled an encyclopedic collection of images from the 19th Century to the present, including key works by Nobuyoshi Araki, Hiroshi Hamaya, Eikoh Hosoe, Miyako Ishiuchi, Kikuji Kawada, Daido Moriyama, Ikko Narahara, Issei Suda, Shomei Tomatsu, and Shoji Ueda.
Their collection was shaped into “Views of Japan” by photographic historian Manfred Heiting, the designer and editor of extensive surveys of German, Soviet, and Japanese photobooks. The resulting volume is a distinctly personal presentation of one of the greatest private holdings of Japanese photography in the world, and an accessible look at a practice long ignored by Western histories.
978-3958291775 Inventory Number: E000VOJ