"On the southern tip of Japan, Okinawa is an archipelago that floats in the beautiful ocean. In ancient times, seafarers plied
the oceans to Japan and other countries, while a unique island culture flourished.
However, Okinawa'did not escape the wave of modernity that washed over the islands. Many lives were lost during World War II.
Okinawa was ruled by the USA for 27 years and huge US military bases still dot the landscape. For hundreds of years, generations of
my maternal ancestors were born, raised and died on these islands. My spirit gravitates toward this archipelago.
I want to live in the present and capture the Okinawa that lies before me today." (© Keiko NOMURA /日本人写真家、野村恵子の作品集)
About the female photographer, Keiko NOMURA (b. in Hyogo, JP):
Keiko NOMURA graduated from Visual Arts College Osaka and studied photography in Los Angeles.
Her photo book 'Deep South' (1999) captures her roots of Okinawa and attracted much attention for its unique colours and rich emotionality.
Since then, women and water have been the motifs in her overarching theme of ‘life’.
Keiko NOMURA's work explores life’s infinite cycle beyond time and space and her pieces have been published in four photo books and shown in over 40 exhibitions.
NOMURA received the Newcomer’s Award from the Photographic Society of Japan in 1999 and New Photographer Prize at the
16th Higashikawa International Photography Festival in 2000. Awarded Tadahiko Hayashi Prize in 2019.
- Keiko NOMURA
- Pb. (no dust jacket, as issued), 21 x 29 x 1 cm., 32 pp., color ills., no text
- Year of Release
- Pierre von Kleist, Portugal
- Print run details
- 500 copies