Taka-Chan and I

Posted in narrative photography, Photobooks (general) by Alec Soth on March 8, 2010

In a recent post on photo-novellas, Marc Feustel of eyecurious mentioned two children books by Eikoh Hosoe and Betty Lifton. I just received Taka-Chan and I, (1967). I love the book and so do the offspring.

The ‘about the photographer’ page pretty much explains the book and the spirit in which it was made:

“One day Eikoh Hosoe, the photographer of this book, was walking on a lonely beach in Japan, now and then taking pictures of the ocean, the beach, and of a small girl sitting on some rocks. He was startled by a Weimaraner dog which appeared unexpectedly from right out of the ground. Mr. Hosoe couldn’t believe what he saw, but before Runcible’s departure from Japan they had a long talk. Runcible told Mr. Hosoe about his adventure. Runcible was very proud to know an outstanding free-lance photographer who had received so many awards for his pictures. Mr. Hosoe gave Runcible copies of his three photo-essay books, Killed By Roses, Ondine and Why, Mother, Why! The two have been firm friends ever after.

See scans of the whole book here.

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  1. David Strettell said, on March 8, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    I’m a sucker for the Japanese pet books. There are a lot on cats – notably Araki’s Chiro My Love and Fukase’s The Cat & Strawhat Cat.

  2. David Strettell said, on March 8, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Also love that French photographer Ylla’s books from the 50s.

  3. little round muskrat said, on March 10, 2010 at 6:59 am

    and off topic,
    the worst title for a photo book ever:



  4. LBM said, on March 10, 2010 at 7:28 am

    Might have to do a post on bad book titles. This is one of my least favorite (by a Minnesotan photographer, no less):

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