Centre for Contemporary Photography and Naarm/Melbourne based photographer and ACB Press publisher Rohan Hutchinson are excited to present Considered Environment: the Photobooks of Yukio Tabuchi and Camera Mainichi as a part of Melbourne Design Week 2022.
Considered Environment is centred around pioneering mountaineering photographer Yukio Tabuchi, his lifelong research into the Japanese Alps, its ecology, and geology. This work highlighted the advancements in design, printing, and technology, in return presented in a series of experimental and articulated page spreads that would then become his ground-breaking publications. Alongside this sits the editorials from Camera Mainichi, a magazine responsible for exposing the first look at content that would then become the most highly regarded and collectible photobooks of all time. The exhibition explores experimental publication design of the era, the future vision of photobook design that broke away from tradition and in return created an expanded vision for publication design practices.
On display in CCP’s Gallery 4, the project will include rarely seen books, magazines and prints from the Yukio Tabuchi Memorial Hall, Nagano, Japan, the National Library of Australia, and the ACB library archive, alongside contemporary Japanese furniture generously provided by Apato Furniture, Richmond.
Melbourne Design Week is an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.
Photo credits 1-6 R Hutchinson
7-10 J Forsyth