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A Lighter Side of Japan: The Work of Ume Kayo

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Ume Kayo is a fine art photographer recognized for her playful images of life in Japan. While there is still debate about the value of this type of “vernacular” photography, Kayo has been extraordinarily successful. Her first book Ume-me sold over 110,000 copies and earned her the prestigous Kimura Ihei Award. Since then she’s produced two more books Danshi, about the escapades of schoolboys, and Jichan-sama, about her grandfather.

I’m not sure of the artistic merit of these images, but the real question is whether they’ll make you laugh. Enjoy!

2 Responses to this post
  1. Posted on March 5, 2010 by dreaming Artemis

    I have to admit, while not really outstanding but they seem to have something that really attracts me to them

  2. Posted on March 16, 2010 by frosted.milk


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