About the Book
Suginami is one of 23 ku, or wards, of Tokyo, an area of the city where I lived for 5 years. Houses and apartments there are sited tightly together; narrow streets and even narrower paths wind around themselves, creating a maze of walls, fences, gates and plants that carefully delimit private space from public.
Daily walks took me in, around and through the margins of this area of the city for hours on end. "Suginami" is an exploration of the ways this landscape layers in the edges of a frame, of the transformation of light inside the dark box of the camera and of the space of discovery between the viewfinder and the eye.
7×7 inches / 80 pages / 68 tritone photographs
also see :
One Thing Done Two Ways: Elijah Gowin and James Luckett on Making a Book
Walks through Suginami by Sheila Newbery http://tinyurl.com/2dt7eq3
Working thirty years in art and photography and exhibited nationally, James has earned an MFA from the University of Arizona, labored as a master printer in a forensic photography lab and taught award winning photography classes in Tucson and Chicago. Born in Stuttgart, West Germany and after living and working in Olympia, Tokyo and Ann Arbor, James in recent years settled his studio and darkroom in Yellow Springs, Ohio where he fashions, with a wide range of photographic means, manners, methods and mistakes, images of the abject, troubled, melancholy and grotesque. In 2011 his chemically manipulated gelatin silver prints were selected for an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. In the recent past James served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Photography at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and as an Adjunct Professor of Photography at Edison Community College, University of Dayton and Wright State University. Presently, James foments photography at Antioch College.