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Selected news about graphic design, photography, film studies and media & interaction design for CV students at ECAL (Lausanne, Switzerland)
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Daido Moriyama and the scent of the city

Daido Moriyama and the scent of the city | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

How the Japanese photographer always looks for the dim light in a shadowy environment.

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Graphic Design & Art Direction by Ayaka Ito

Graphic Design & Art Direction by Ayaka Ito | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Japanese designer Ayaka Ito has an incredible portfolio full of outstanding graphic design and illustration pieces.

Ayaka is currently living in New York City and working on print and interactive projects at RoAndCo..

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Miyazaki Psycho

We flew into Miyazaki last October to surf Curren's point during Typhoon Wipha. "It had been 20 years since Tom had surfed this spot and invited his daughter Lee-Ann along". This film is dedicated to our fathers.

Directed by Cecile Mestelan.

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A New Generation of Japanese Photographers - Artligue

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New JPN GEN, the new Japanese generation. How do Europeans view Japanese photography? The Artligue gallery hoped to answer this question with its new exhibition. Curator Marc Feustel showcases the work of seven photographers representative of the prolific Japanese scene.

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Hashima Island: A Forgotten World

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Take a digital dip through history and discover the secrets & myths hidden amongst Hashima Island’s mysterious, desolate landscape.

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See Tokyo in 1970 through the lens of Nine Japanese Photographers

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Armani, in collaboration with IMA Magazine, presents “Tokyo 1970 by Japanese Photographers 9,” a stellar exhibition by renowned artists that revisits the glorious shift in Japanese culture. The art show on the ninth floor of the Armani/Ginza Tower, which closes this week, explores a fascinating look into the counter-culture community in Tokyo during a pivotal era in world history.

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Q. Sakamaki Takes Japan

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Last week, New York-based Japanese photographer Q. Sakamaki hosted The New Yorker’sInstagram feed. Photographing during a visit to Japan, Sakamaki provided a pocket-size window into life all over the country, from daily commutes in Tokyo to the surf culture along the coast of the Sagami Bay, in central Japan. On this trip, Sakamaki, whose work generally has an international-affairs focus, documented his first trip in over two decades to his family’s home town, in the rural province of Mikawa.

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Photography: Here's a series of vintage stills from Japanese film noir

Photography: Here's a series of vintage stills from Japanese film noir | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

This 1960s collection took my fancy; the images are taken from the popular cinematic genre of yakuza, a kind of film noir which depicted the lives and activities of the Japanese mafia. The stills were hand-coloured in Japan before being exported and shown in cinemas across Thailand. I’m completely hooked by the surreal mixture of comic surprise and sinister fury in the faces of the characters. And the costumes? Who can say no to a trench coat and black fedora combo? Not I.

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'Emperor' explores US post war ties with Japan

'Emperor' explores US post war ties with Japan | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

When Japan surrendered at the end of the second World War, the US Supreme Commander was tasked with deciding the fate of Emperor Hirohito.

Tommy Lee Jones plays General Douglas MacArthur who charges Matthew Fox as General Fellers with determining if the Emperor should face trial for war crimes.

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Japanese Schoolgirls Perform Superhuman Energy Attacks

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There is a massive internet photo trend brewing amongst youths in Japan right now that involves taking pictures of teens who appear to be releasing invisible energy that sends their peers flying. The photo mania is especially popular amongst schoolgirls who started the trend by uploading images on Twitter and labeling them as "Makankosappo", a reference to a special attack in the popular manga-turned-anime Dragon Ball series.

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Yokio Futagawa, Influential Architectural Photographer and Publisher, Dies at 80

Yokio Futagawa, Influential Architectural Photographer and Publisher, Dies at 80 | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Japanese architectural photographer and editor Yukio Futagawa (1932-2013) lost his battle to cancer on March 5 at the age of 80 in Tokyo, Japan. Futagawa was best known as the founder of the distinguished Global Architecture (GA) Publishing Group, which he established in 1970, and director of Global Architecture (GA) magazine. Throughout his 60-year-long career, Futagawa photographed modernist works from some of the world’s most famous architects and presented them in elegant magazine and book series. Two of his most important works include a ten-volume collection of “Japanese Traditional Houses” in the 1950s and a lavish twelve-volume collection that illustrates the complete works of Frank Lloyd Wright.

GA will continue to operate under the direction of Yukio’s son Yoshio.

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Haunting Photographs of Nagasaki Taken One Day After the Atomic Bomb Dropped

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This week, 24 incredible, powerful, haunting photographs will be going up on the auction block at Bonhams in New York. These are photographs that are newly-discovered, and many of them have never been seen before as they were taken with a faulty camera and never made it in front of the public eye.

They are photographs of Nagasaki, Japan, taken by celebrated Japanese military photographer Yosuke Yamahata the day after an atomic bomb was dropped on it and Hiroshima.

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Eye-Popping Graphic Design by Shun Sasaki

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Graphic designer Shun Sasaki has a way with words. He creates eye-popping, highly styled typographic ads for clients that range from beauty salons and bookshops to hip hop groups. But some of my favorite work are his colorful creations that feature very few words or, in some cases, no words at all. Like his deconstructed series of iconic Japanese cartoon characters (top), the world flags created for a German magazine (below), or the leaf whose cellular structure is breaking away.

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Noramoji | Fonts made out of retro Japanese storefronts

Noramoji | Fonts made out of retro Japanese storefronts | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

These Japanese fonts won’t be found in textbooks or typography journals. You have to go looking for them on the streets of Japan: your local barber, an old florist, or an outdated toy shop. Finding beauty in these unsophisticated yet nostalgically charming fonts, 3 friends set out on a hunt to capture, fontify, and give something back to the community.

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Why Japanese Web Design Is So... Different

Why Japanese Web Design Is So... Different | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

In the mind’s eye of many people Japan is a land of tranquil Zen gardens, serene temples, and exquisite tea ceremonies. Both traditional and contemporary Japanese architecture, books and magazines are the envy of designers worldwide. Yet for some reason practically none of this mastery has been translated into digital products, in particular websites, most of which look like they hail from around 1998.

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NextLevel Galerie, Paris | ASAKO SHIMIZU, NARUKI OSHIMA

NextLevel Galerie, Paris | ASAKO SHIMIZU, NARUKI OSHIMA | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Asako Shimizu (born in 1969, Tokyo, Japan)’s pure, light-drenched photographs emit an arresting beauty and harmony.  We lose ourselves in her floating spaces, a half world between dream and reality, a limbo born from the union of earth and sky and in which anything is possible.


With a well-established international reputation, Japanese photographer Naruki Oshima (born in 1963, Osaka, Japan) is especially known for his work Reflections, fascinating images of contemporary glass façades that, thanks to the quality of straightforward four by five film photography with subtle digital reworking, unsettle the perception of our environment. 

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Haru and Mina by Hideaki Hamada

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These personal series by Japanese photographer Hideaki Hamada bring smile on our faces! Playful siblings explore the world by jumping, climbing, searching and singing. Beautiful photo project is also dad's gift for his children - something that will take them back in time when they grow up.

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Long-exposure photographs of fireflies create magical forest scenes

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Photographer Yume Cyan has been recasting the fireflies around Nagoya City, Japan, as fairy lights in a series of long-exposure photos. The momentary flashing of each bug becomes part of a bioluminescent trail it winds through the trees.

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Featured photographer – Ariko Inaoka

Featured photographer – Ariko Inaoka | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

I am very fortunate to be able to call Ariko Inaoka a friend, as she is one of the kindest and most honest people that I know. She is also a very talented photographer and I am a big fan of her work. I recently got the chance to spend the weekend with Ariko and her partner Sean Lotman (where we did a pair bag shot). We had a lovely sit down and talked about Ariko’s photography, and this is the result. I hope you enjoy it.

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Photography buff thrives in the capital of cameras

Photography buff thrives in the capital of cameras | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Bellamy Hunt’s name is part of his business: Japan Camera Hunter, a one-man enterprise supporting film photo buffs around Asia and the world. His work mainly involves hunting down vintage cameras, whether an elusive early model Nikon or a classic Leica.

Although Hunt appreciates the pun in his company’s name (“My Japanese clients love seeing the katakana repeated, hunter from Hunt”), he doesn’t really see himself as a hunter.

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Japanese Photography: A Tale Of Two Artists

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There's no way you can really reduce the photographic history of a place to just a few artists, let alone two. But the curators at L.A.'s J. Paul Getty Museum are trying — in the forthcoming exhibition, Japan's Modern Divide.

By focusing on two artists, the show will examine how, as Japan faced westernization, photography diverged in two general directions: Hiroshi Hamaya's documentary style centered on Japan's traditional culture, while Kansuke Yamamoto's avant-garde art more closely aligned with French surrealism.

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