WATAYA, Osamu. Juvenille.

(Tokyo): Rat Hole Gallery, 2010. Firstedition. Octavo. Unpaginated. Essay, Children of the Outside by Shino Kuraishi. Text in English and Japanese. Photographic documentation of the lives of a group of children which he befriended in a small village in Ukraine in 2007. Wataya journeyed back two times since his initial meeting to complete the project. The images present the dynamics between that of an adult and a child. The photographer is present and allowed into the realms of the children’s lives, not as a stranger and neither as a friend. Instead Wataya is allowed to engage within the world of the children photographed within an in-between space where he neither poses as an authoratorive figure or as an adult but more so as a viewer, as if kindly and casually invited by the group to engage along the peripheries of entire acceptance. A near fine copy in boards without dust jacket as issued.


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