First the design of the book attracted me with it’s hardcover made from pasteboard and a cut out on the cover. The book contains photographs from all over Japan (Hokkaido to Okinawa) taken 1992-2002. Ichiro Kikuchi’s photography is a kind of grainy colour photography with high contrasts and dark shadows which concentrates on unusual views of ordinary, common land/cityscapes.
I have never heard of the photographer and a short search with google did not help much.
Born 1973, he graduated in photography at the Osaka University of Arts and participated in the “People in the street” project (ningen no machi project). 1995 participation at “New Photographers on stage”, Konica Plaza gallery, Tokyo. 1997 exhibition “Personal Space” at Nikon Salon, Tokyo and Osaka. He is listed in the Database of the Guardian Garden Gallery a leading institution to promote young photographers in Japan.
Ichiro Kikuchi: Memory Holes. Tokyo 2002