Handmade Photobooks

Photobooks made with Japanese traditional bookbinding technique which has a history of over 1000 years. 
Lost in Fukushima 


I made my first photobook "Lost in Fukushima" with an old Japanese handmade bookbinding technique. For cover and case (called "Chitsu" in Japanese), I used Aizu Momen, traditional cotton from Aizu region of Fukushima Prefecture, which has a history of over 400 years.


Japanese bookbinding has a history of over 1000 years. As is often the case with traditional art and craft skills, the number of old-style book binders has been drastically decreasing. It was a great pleasure for me to have a chance to learn some skills directly from a master last year.


This photobook contains 32 photographs, printed on museum-quality paper. External size about 14 cm x 19 cm x 3 cm. I make this photobook when I get an order.

Price: 150 euros / 180 dollars / 18,000 yen (tax excluded) 


To order, mail me at the following address with the title "Handmade Photobook Order."  I will send you an invoice with Paypal. 

If you are interested in how I make this book, I am sure that the following video will be interesting! (Camera, directed and edited by Yoshimasa Ono)

In Silence and In Sorrow 


This photobook is made using a Japanese traditional book binding method called "four-hole binding." It contains all the 14 photographs of the series "In Silence and In Sorrow," inkjet-printed on very thin Japanese traditional Echizen Washi paper from Fukui Prefecture.


The front and back covers are parts cut out of my original gelatin silver prints on hand-screened Kamikawasaki Washi paper from Nihomnatsu, Fukushima Prefecture. (Any photographer knows that there are always some odd prints which are not included in the final selection. As hand-screened Kamikawasaki Washi is so precious and even if they are odd prints, they are still interesting, so I decided to use them here…)


The dust jacket with the title is for protection. The size is 19 cm x 14 cm x 0.5 cm.  


Price: 30 euros / 33 dollars / 4,000 yen


Limited editions of 20.  Sold out.  Thank you for your interest. 

In Silence and In Sorrow
Original Print Collection Book

This original print collection book contains all the 14 images from my series “In Silence and In Sorrow.”  The prints are all original gelatin silver, printed on Kamikawasaki-washi, traditional hand-screened paper from Nihonmatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, which I use for the exhibition prints. The image size is about 18 cm x 22.5 cm, which is about half the exhibition print size. Mounting paper is also kamikawasaki-washi. For cover and case, I used washi from a different region dyed and hand-screened with natural leaves.


External size is about 25 cm x 33 cm x 2.5 cm.

Limited edition of 3. Sold out. Thank you for your interest.

Product photographs of this page @ Yoshimasa Ono