Hiroji Kubota Photographer
Photographs by Hiroji KubotaPreface by Elliott Erwitt
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Hiroji Kubota Photographer, details the extraordinary life and world travels, spanning over fifty years, of a veteran Magnum photographer. This is the first comprehensive survey of a key Japanese photographer, and includes four hundred photographs.
Hiroji Kubota (born in Tokyo, 1939) began his career by assisting photographers René Burri, Burt Glinn, and Elliott Erwitt on their visit to Japan in 1961. In 1965 he joined Magnum Photos, producing major bodies of work, many in book form, on the United States, Japan, China, North and South Korea, and Southeast Asia. His numerous publications include From Sea to Shining Sea: A Portrait of America (1992) and Out of the East: Transition and Tradition in Asia (1999).
Elliott Erwitt (preface) is one of the world’s best-known and most admired photographers today, most famous for his candid, often-humorous black-and-white observations on the world from street level. He has been a member of Magnum Photos since 1953.
Mark Lubell (foreword) is the executive director of the International Center of Photography, New York, and served as director of Magnum Photos, New York, from 2004 to 2011.
Alison Nordström (introductory essay) is an independent scholar, curator, and writer. She served as curator of photographs at George Eastman House from 2004 to 2013, before which she held curatorial and director’s positions at various institutions including the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Vermont, and the Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, Florida. She is artistic director of Fotofestiwal Lodz, Poland; a scholar-in-residence in the graduate school of Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts; and curator for international programs at the Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, Massachusetts.