Satoshi Fujiwara (藤原聡志), Code Unknown, 2015

Cover back and front

Cover back and front

Code Unknown is one of my photobook favourites from 2015.

The title is inspired by Austrian director Peter Haneke’s movie Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages (Code Unknown: Incomplete Tales of Several Journeys) from 2000. This is Japanese photographer Satoshi Fujiwara’s personal journey through incomplete tales.

Fujiwara explores the possibilities of photographing people in the public sphere: in his case the Berlin underground railway. The images are manipulated to camouflage his “models” identities, raising the question of personal copyright. It seems as if his photography has become a game, a race within and around restrictions and boundaries.

The images are printed on different types of paper and vary in size. The pages are unbound, held together simply by a cord. The title sheet with Satoshi Fujiwara’s introduction is laid in loose.

Published by Amana Inc. / IMA photobooks 2015

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Soft cover with unbound sheets held by cord

26.7 x 36.5cm

56 pages