Timescapes Japan, A Pinhole Journey by Edward Levinson is a wonderful journey of both photography and a country.
I was expecting an essay form and was rather surprised finding there was only a short introduction, in both English and Japanese – all the credits are at the back of the book where the images are described in great detail. At first, I was flipping the pages back and forth, but soon found the images told me enough of a story.
After only a few pages the beautiful tranquil black & white pinhole images started drawing me in, the frantic pace of the turning pages slowed down and by the end of the book I felt as though I had travelled to Japan. It was a very relaxing trip, and…
“…I warmly recommend it to everyone.”
About the author
Edward Levinson is an American fine art and editorial photographer specializing in pinhole photography. A native of Virginia, he has lived in Japan since 1979. His work is regularly exhibited in Japan, the U.S.A., and Europe. His pinhole and lens photographs appear in many Japanese books and magazines as well as in English publications about Japan. He is a member of the Pinhole Resource, the Photographic Society of Japan, Pinhole Photographic Art Society, and is the international director of the Japan Pinhole Photographic Society. He conducts pinhole photography workshops and maintains a gallery of his work at his country home/studio in Kamogawa, Chiba Prefecture Japan. His pinhole photographs are in the collection of the Hungarian Museum of Photography, Manggha Center for Japanese Art & Technology National Museum Krakow Poland, Mariners’ Museum, Graham Nash/Nash Editions, Collection of Julia J. Norrell, and in many private collections. Publications include the photo book “Timescapes Japan”, and the essay book “Edo’s Lessons in Pinhole Photography, Photography for Slow Life” (Iwanami Publishers, in currently in Japanese only). He has published many non-pinhole books on country life and organic living in collaboration with his Japanese wife, writer and essayist Shizuka Tsuruta.