Book + Piezography Print + Special Case

Edition of 30 (6 motifs available, each motif limited to an edition of 5)
Piezography Print (signed by the artist)
Paper size: 155 x 155 mm, Image size: 150 x 150 mm

This photobook represents a delightful, playful homage to one of the great masters of Japanese photography: Shoji Ueda. Carrying an introductory letter written in Japanese, Dutch photographer Jeremy Stigter visited Shoji in Tottori Prefecture in the fall of 1993. Via the letter, Stigter posed three questions and asked Ueda to take his photographs in the nearby dunes that had served as the location of so many of Ueda’s unforgettable photographs. They picked up a fold-up umbrella along the way, which – unable to withstand the harsh winds that day – brought a surreal touch of humor to Stigter’s images.

“I never got around to showing Mister Ueda the pictures which he had so very sportingly made possible. it was only the announcement of his death, in July 2000, at the age of 87, that brought to mind the work we had created together, and I thought it only fitting to organize an exhibition showing the work now also contained within this book.”
— from Jeremy Stigter’s foreword

In addition to the series Stigter and Ueda took together, the book also includes photographs of Ueda’s handwritten replies to Stigter’s questions, short texts by Stigter about two trips to Tottori (once to photograph Shoji Ueda, the second time to visit the Shoji Ueda museum) as well as an anecdotal text by Shoji Ueda’s grandson Yutaka Masutani.

All texts included in Japanese, English and French.

-Book Size
204 × 170 mm
136 pages, 56 images
Softcover, Slipcase
-Publication Year
English, Japanese
-Limited Edition

Artist Profile

Jeremy Stigter

Born in 1958 in The Hague, The Netherlands, Jeremy Stigter lives and works in France. He took up photography in 1986 following his decisive encounter with Ed van der Elsken in Tokyo and began presenting his works frequently in the 1990s. In 1993, his first solo exhibition in Japan was held at Zeit Foto Salon, which was located at Nihombashi, Tokyo at that time. That was also when the founder of the gallery Etsuro Ishihara introduced Stigter to Shoji Ueda, which led to the creation of the series Visiting Mister Ueda. In 2005, his solo exhibition Hito Bito was held at the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rome, and his photobook The Jewish Bride was published by Nazraeli Press in 2009. Stigter practices photography freely under many forms and has developed a photographic universe where the societal documentary meets narration and psychology.

Gallery Exhibitions