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"Self-Portrait" Description

"One afternoon, I was watching an interview with the Danish film director, Lars von Trier. He mentioned an anecdote about how he had once hidden under a table in order to avoid meeting David Lynch. Because it had English subtitles, I took screenshots and sent them to my partner, thinking she would enjoy it. When I flipped through the images, I recognized that the scene converted into stills made the story funnier. Not only that, because of the captions, I could literally see sound. For most people, that means nothing, but for a photographer, that was a revelation.

“'Self-Portrait' is a collection of stories, asking how much our past mistakes define who we are, especially in the eyes of others. Once opened, the book becomes a video that must be consumed outside of its normal context. However, what look like screenshots are actually photographs taken on-site with a still camera; and the anecdotes presented are not remotely related to what was being said at the time of documentation. The multiple contradictions, layered upon one another, escalate the drama and comedy with the turning of each page."


300-Pages in Color
Softcover
21 x 13 cm (8.2 x 5.1 in.)
Bilingual (English and Japanese)
Offset print
Edition of 500
Published by Dooks, 2022
(Product Photography by Daichi Aijima)

International (Outside Japan)
USD $44.00 (Includes Packaging and Printed Matter Airmail Shipping)


Reviews:

"... I'm a little worried that many people might not even look at the book because it appears to be so simple. 'Self-Portrait' is actually a lot more profound than many other books produced these days... With its hearbreaking profundity, 'Self-Portrait' reminds me of some of the work by Sophie Calle..." - from Jörg Colberg (writer/critic/photographer/educator)







"Modern Times" Description

A photo book about the wonders of China, leading up to the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.


160-Pages In Color
Hardcover With Gold Pressing
A5 size (5.8 x 8.3 Inches)
Offset Print
Nanarokusha, 2012

International (Outside Japan)
USD $35.00 (Includes Packaging and Printed Matter Airmail Shipping)


Reviews:

"... it is a brilliant book, perhaps one of the most exemplary of recent photobooks..." - from Aperture's "The Chinese Photobook" by Martin Parr and WassinkLundgren

"...What I like about it really is its simplicity. It has a 'naivety' which is lost on so many photographers... There is nothing tricksy or conceptual here, just wonderful photographs beautifully edited into a book you want to hold...." - from Susan Bright for Time Magazine's "Best of 2012"

"...Based on the the book, I infer that Tsai is shooting based on interest and instinct without hesitation. The small mistakes in composition which online photogroups will dismiss was embraced openly by Tsai giving his work a certain degree of frankness and attitude. His photographs doesn’t feel that he is an invisible photographer bobbing and weaving in the crowds of people but rather someone who seems like he himself is a character on the street. He went out and about in a place dear to him, made photographs, organized them, and presented his work to the world. Photography at its most basic and in my opinion, most beautiful." - from A.G. DeMesa for Eric Kim's photography blog














"Barnacle Island" Description

"Barnacle Island" is the third installment in the ongoing photo diary series by Patrick Tsai. After quitting his career in Tokyo and moving to a remote island, he soon discovers and takes in a mysterious, abandoned toy poodle. Presented as a traditional Japanese paperback novel, this beautiful and moving little book documents their lives together as well as the people they meet during the course of that year.

144-Pages
Full Color
Bi-lingual (English and Japanese)
10.5x14.85 cm (4.1 x 5.8 in.)
Offset Printing
Self-Published with Sono Fune Ni Notte, 2016

International (Outside Japan)
USD $20.00 (Includes Packaging and Printed Matter Airmail Shipping)






 

3-Book Set: Self-Portrait, Modern Times, and Barnacle Island

USD $85.00 (Includes Packaging and Printed Matter Airmail Shipping)


2-Book Set: Self-Portrait and Modern Times

USD $70.00 (Includes Packaging and Printed Matter Airmail Shipping)


2-Book Set: Self-Portrait and Barnacle Island

USD $60.00 (Includes Packaging and Printed Matter Airmail Shipping)


2-Book Set: Modern Times and Barnacle Island

USD $45.00 (Includes Packaging and Printed Matter Airmail Shipping)