Boso Fudoki documents the Chiba prefecture in Japan, the area in which Suda lives and one which was settled in prehistoric times and carries many historical and literary associations. Suda notes that before he lived in Chiba, he visited it as a tourist and was familiar with its cultural associations. With these Polaroid images, however, he demonstrates an interest in the quotidian, such that they perform almost like magic realism.. 'A beach with foaming waves, grasses waving in the wind, national roads in the afternoon - these mundane sights that underlie the narratives appeared particularly brilliant. Perhaps, the seeds of "tales" lie in these ordinary scenes.'
published in 2015 by Superlabo in an exceptionally beautiful edition of 750, with three different covers (we have the cow skin cover and the man on a bicycle), black and white images printed in duotone offset, 28 x 22 cm, 32 pages with a double gatefold page,
Issei Suda is a Claire de Rouen favourite. Born in Tokyo in 1940, he has won many awards in his native Japan, and has exhibited widely. There are similarities between his work and that of the Northern Italian photographer Luigi Ghirri.. both make photographs that perform a form of visual magic, rendering reality as theatrical, romantic, imagistic, and almost oneiric at times.
Suda's book Rei, published by Akio Nagasawa in 2015, is a series of photographs of mannequins in the shop windows of Ginza, Tokyo, that acts as an essay in artificial eroticism. It was included in 'Dark Summer', the Claire de Rouen erotic image night, in 2016.