Tree Stone Water
Art director, editor, designer and publisher of iconic Swedish artist and photographer Gerry Johansson’s limited edition photo-book Tree Stone Water.
After visiting Japan during the 70’s and 80’s, and after the disappointment to see that even regional cities had been developed to the point where they all resembled a mini-Tokyo, Gerry Johansson decided to focus his creative energy on capturing the environment surrounding the Japanese people, as opposed to the people themselves. He chose not to merely record the bustling modern development of Ehime Prefecture, the core of Shikoku, but to also capture the exceptional natural beauty of the region. He took his camera to the rocks and mountain streams of the Nametoko Valley, deep inside forests teeming with the energy of life, and to the waters of the Seto Inland Sea.
The book is divided into three chapters, according to the book’s title. Printed on thin Swedish 70g paper to embrace a Swedish equivalence to the Japanese tissue and a homage to the two countries' parables and contrasts. Browsing as Japanese tradition, from left to right. Photographs taken in Ehime Prefecture, Japan, September and October 1999.
16 cm x 20 cm (6.3” x 7.9”). 48 pages. 28 black/white plates. Black/white offset printed softcover. Saddle-stitched, in grey paperboard slipcase with typography in white foil. Special edition of 25 numbered copies, with signed hand-made silver gelatin contact print. Choice of 3 prints.
Published by Libraryman, 2015.