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Domon Ken: The Master of Japanese Realism

Domon Ken: The Master of Japanese Realism

Japan as a country of colour and drama Domon Ken is one of the most renowned Japanese photographers of the 20th century. One might not recognise his name but one will likely have seen some of his work, which is iconic and which spanned decades. This is an excellent book which strives to offer the…

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Perfection in Imperfection

Perfection in Imperfection

I first met Chef Janice Wong at her deliciously unique dessert bar in Singapore in the early hours. It’s called, unsurprisingly, 2am: dessertbar. It’s a showcase for this talented lady and offers a flavour of this, her literary debut. Janice looks even younger than her young years but she has packed a lot into less…

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Sake: The History, Stories and Craft of Japan’s Artisanal Breweries

Sake: The History, Stories and Craft of Japan’s Artisanal Breweries

I was told to expect a book. I was told to expect a big book. I was told to expect a coffee-table book. What I got was a book the size of a coffee table but one which will hold my attention long after the furniture would have lost its purely functional appeal. Sake: The…

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Art Place Japan

Art Place Japan

The Echigo-Tsumari Triennale and the Vision to Reconnect Art and Nature by Fram Kitagawa Every three years hundreds of square miles of countryside in north western Japan are transformed into a sprawling and many-faceted art installation. More than 150 of the world’s most-celebrated landscape artists, sculptors, and architects display their work in a couple of…

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The Complete Practical Guide to Digital and Classic Photography

The Complete Practical Guide to Digital and Classic Photography

Its 1700 or so pictures are a great support to the text I have come to this medium quite late in life. I got a bit of confidence with my iPhone and some of those images were, although I say it as shouldn’t, spectacular. But somehow I knew there was more. This book is a…

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Serene Gardens

Serene Gardens

What vision do we have when we think of Japan? Well, in truth there will likely be a few images. If we are into anime there will be cartoon characters. The food lovers will doubtless conjure a plate of sushi, and many others will say that a graceful geisha will be on their list. Show…

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Raghu Rai’s Delhi

Raghu Rai’s Delhi

Raghu Rai may not be a name familiar to you unless you are a photography professional. He has, however, had a career which has been so noteworthy that he was awarded the Padmashree in 1971, one of India’s highest civilian awards. Raghu’s National Geographic article “Human Management of Wildlife in India” won him high praise…

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India – The Ultimate Sights, Places, and Experiences

India – The Ultimate Sights, Places, and Experiences

This book is large, colourful, and sumptuous and any other superlatives you care to mention. It’s a luxurious encyclopaedia of the subcontinent and covers pretty much every aspect of life, art and culture of this marvellous country. India – The Ultimate Sights, Places, and Experiences is a weighty tome but it’s true to say that…

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The Sari – a book review

The Sari – a book review

This wasn’t, to be honest, what I expected. It has a bright and evocative picture on the front cover but this isn’t a book about colourful textiles, it’s about how the sari is worn and the place it holds in Indian society. It’s a simple length of cloth but to suggest that is all it…

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The Complete Route 66, Lost and Found

The Complete Route 66, Lost and Found

It’s quite a mouthful of a title and it’s a big chunky book. You could not present just a pamphlet on such an iconic and romantic road. The Complete Route 66, Lost and Found is an in-depth look at the history of Route 66 but equally important, the impact that rerouting of the road had…

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Ricelands

Ricelands

The World of South-East Asian Food Michael Freeman must be one of the most celebrated and prolific photographers around. Ricelands is his latest book (there are over 100 others) but this one isn’t about photography. Have a look at michaelfreemanphoto.com for more of his work. Michael says of this book: “In it, I write about…

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Bollywood Posters

Bollywood Posters

Over the years, Sheena Sippy has shot ad campaigns for Johnson’s Baby Soap and others. She has also immortalised celebrities such as Zakir Husain, international model Naomi Campbell and politician and ex-cricketer Imran Khan. Sheena also undertakes freelance assignments for fashion magazines like Verve and Elle. She was probably destined to do great things. She…

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