"For Obama 小浜方面", the first book by Tokyo-based photographer Keith Ng, is now available in a limited edition of 200 copies, each individually numbered and signed by the photographer.
In October 2008, Ng traveled on assignment from Tokyo to the Fukui prefecture city of Obama to cover their ‘Obama for Obama’ campaign during the lead up to the American presidential elections. During his stay, he discovered the town not only embodied the cultural complexity of small-town Japan, but that Obama, not unlike many small towns in America, had pinned their dreams and aspirations on a man who had become a universal symbol for hope and change.
The title of the book is taken from a sign on the platform at Tsuruga Station on the Obama line. The Japanese 小浜方面 translates to “in the direction of Obama”, a semantic cue revealing the other, true nature of the book: a road-trip journal of cross- cultural discovery during one of the most crucial and divisive transitions of our time. The book is a portrait of a small Japanese town that tried to dream big, the document of a road trip, and an ode to Obama city itself.
Ng’s recent work has focused primarily on the influence of Western culture & iconography (from the Showa period onwards) in Japan, and how it has integrated itself into the fabric of Japanese society, creating a unique system of language and signs.
As a professional photographer, his work has appeared in numerous publications, including Monocle, Vogue Hommes Japan, Uniqlo Paper,
Uniqlo Paper, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Tokion, Dazed and Confused, Rockin’ On Japan, and Case da Abitare.
Edition of 200, numbered & signed
48 Pages, 33 Colour plates
140 x 210mm
PUBLISHED MARCH 2009
FOR OBAMA | 小浜方面
EDITION OF 200, NUMBERED & SIGNED
48 PAGES 33 COLOUR PLATES
140 X 210MM
Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Tokion, Dazed and Confused, Rockin’ On Japan, and Case da Abitare.