Gil Garcetti ~ California

Share this page: "Since leaving office [LA County District Attorney, 1992 – 2000], Garcetti, 72, has settled comfortably into a second career as a photographer, hopping from West Africa to France to Japan to document urban culture and social issues in a series of well-received books. … What was at first a casual hobby became a more serious pursuit after his daughter was born in 1969. Garcetti learned of a highly regarded photography teacher at Reseda High School, Warren King, who taught a night-school class for adults. Garcetti took lessons from him for more than four years. … Early on, Garcetti developed a penchant for candid portraits - a habit he nurtured throughout his law career."

Japan: Reverence for Beauty
Photographs by Gil Garcetti
With essays by Pico Iyer, Kendall H. Brown, Hitoshi Abe, and Atsuko Tanaka
Balcony Press, 2013. Special edition of 100.

12.75 x 10"; 128 pages. 104 color images. Bound in paper-covered boards with stab binding. Text in English and Japanese. Housed in clamshell box. Includes signed print. Numbered on the half title page. Essays: Everyday Altars of Beauty by Pico Iyer; Scattered Thoughts on Cherry Blossoms by Kendall H. Brown; The Aesthetics of Variations by Hitoshe Abe; Accumulation of Tema and Caring by Atsuko Tanaka; Photographer’s Statement by Gil Garcetti. "In this book, Gil Garcetti's lush photographs, accompanied by thought-provoking essays from experts in Japanese artistic disciplines, address a unique quality of Japanese culture: the appreciation of and need for beauty—both man-made and natural—in virtually every aspect of life. For years Garcetti has been enthralled and puzzled by the reverence the Japanese people have for everyday beauty. What makes the Japanese people unique in their need for beauty? What can Westerners learn from this ancient culture and history? How can a better understanding of the role beauty plays in the daily life of the Japanese enhance our own lives?

"JAPAN: A REVERENCE FOR BEAUTY, with text in English and Japanese, will immerse the reader in the daily life of this country where sublime beauty both new and ancient can be found in the most common locations. This book is a stunning tribute to the Japanese quest for beauty and an invitation to join Garcetti in a meaningful dialogue, if not final answers. "

Balcony Press: "When Gil Garcetti visited Japan for the first time in 1967, he was struck with how surrounded he was by beauty. Returning many times over the years Garcetti explored the concept of beauty in a project that is now released as a limited edition folio of lush color photographs. Five short essays provide thoughtful commentary on Japanese culture and tradition.

"From the minute texture of moss on wet pavement to the expansive tapestry of an autumn forest; from a spider’s perfect web to the avant-garde skyline of Tokyo; from Shinto rites to stitching kimonos, this book provides the range of scale and breadth of subject matter that give true insight into the Japanese reverence for beauty. Published in two languages, this work reveals to Japanese and Americans alike, the lessons of a legacy of beauty that Japanese culture offers."

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