"Sightwalk" is more than just a book of photographs. It is a modernist Japanese photograph album created from Oriental fabrics and papers, and bounded by hand. It contains the work of Gueorgui Pinkhassov, a highly-acclaimed photographic artist, innovator and member of Magnum.
Stolen moments of the everyday life of the city seem to be frozen into beauty: a car park in a shopping mall, a coffee shop, the fish market, the traditional sitting pose of a man at the fish market, and views of Ueno Park. Stamped with the unique eye of Pinkhassov, they are characterized by his mastery of framing and light. The photographer always seem to look where other people don't and to focus on what other people discard, which gives birth to outstanding compositions with blurred foregrounds, plays on reflections and shadows, all that apparently only depending on where his sightwalk takes him. The sense of innovation and artistry is carried through in the photographs which explore how singular details, plays of light and reflection can capture a spirit and shape an atmosphere. The artist's haiku texts accompany the images.
Size: 11 x 11 1/2"
Publisher: Phaidon Press, Ltd. (New York, 1999)