Koji Takiguchi, SOU
Sou is powerfully direct photo journal on family life and death. The book begins as photographer Koji Takiguchi’s mother-in-law is dying of cancer, and very quickly we are introduced her husband, whose health and sanity begins to crumble shortly after her death. We then witness a euphoria of love and romance, resulting in the conception and birth of Takiguchi’s son. The book concludes with the rapid and harrowing decline of his father-in-law’s health and passing.
Throughout, Takaguchi inserts vintage images of his parents-in-law, himself and his wife at different stages of their life. They have been laid directly onto dried pressed flowers and photographed, a fitting metaphor - once verdant and lush, they are now desiccated, but still redolent and beautiful.
Published by Little Big Man, Los Angeles, 2014, first edition of 300 copies. Out of print.