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Ideology in Paradise - Hiroshi Watanabe | by Denny Cormier
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Ideology in Paradise - Hiroshi Watanabe

Ideology in Paradise

Hiroshi Watanabe

Mado-sha, Tokyo

2008 Signed Edition

ISBN: 9784896250916

 

www.hiroshiwatanabe.com

 

Purchased - Photo-Eye Santa Fe

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"In fact, the experience of looking at Hiroshi Watanabe’s images is eerily like stepping into a Social Realist painting: the ruddy-cheeked young girl playing the accordion, the traditional gowns in brilliant pinks and greens of dancers swirling beneath the omnipresent image of the dear leader and the DPRK flag. One is quietly lulled into the sense that life in North Korea might, in fact, be just as it appears within the frames of these images—normal—instead of like the stories of kidnappings, military posturing, and famine. To Watanabe, it is this sense of tension between the news stories flooding the media in both Japan and in the U.S. and his experiences traveling and photographing—under careful surveillance of his two guides and assigned driver—that interests him in this topic. The results, engaging, yet still mysterious, bring us one side of this closed-off place, introducing us to a vibrant, compelling set of individuals, but still leave us to wonder."

- Lesley A. Martin, Aperture Book Program

 

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