Shinji Otani’s THE COUNTRY OF THE RISING SUN is now part of the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive


Title: The Country of the Rising Sun

Photographer: Shinji Otani

Date of publication: 2008

Language: English/ Swedish/ Japanese/ Dutch

Dimensions of book: 210 x 297 mm

Number of pages: 16

Number of images: 18

Publisher: Lecturis (The Netherlands)

ISBN: 978-94-6226-013-9

Retail price: 24,50 Euro

Summary of Project:

“This publication is Otani’s photobook debut. Most of the pictures in the book were made in Stockholm during the winter time. He was struck by how bright and crisp the light is in Sweden. With a reference to his home country of Japan where people a really proud to be in the country of the rising sun. But according to Otani the sun rises in every country, even in Sweden in winter time.
Shinji Otani was born in Japan. He graduated at the photography department of Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2007. He lives and works in Amsterdam. Otani approaches the making of a photobook as an installation, it’s not a portfolio, but an object.” -Lecturis

Winner of the Unpublished Dummy Award, Unseen Photo Fair, 2012 and part of FOAM Magazine’s #34 Dummy.