"Asada Family" by masashi asada, a series of unique family photos, were created with
the help of his own parents and brother.
This photobook was given the prestigious Kimura Ihei Photography Award in 2008, and has been made into a cinema in 2020, co-starring Kazunari Ninomiya and Satoshi Tsumabuki, which drawing attention.
The photo book consists of two parts: in the first part, setting photos that a family of four plays out various scene ,including a firefighter, noodle shop, elect campaign, YAKUZA, and a band playing at a live house.
The other side that we read from the opposite side of the first half, contains like a making-of films. but it's actually taken by recreating and re-enacting memorable scenes from the shoot too.
These two parts have different approaches, but both the artist himself is also in the photos, all taken with a self-timer.
Each of the scenes are a planned and staged role play, in order for the photography itself to becomes the occasion for the family to gather, opposed to usual photography being an unplanned side-product of a family gathering or event.
For making the commemorative photos, Asada family adjust their schedule to each others, rent a place, decide on costumes, and plan the situations together.
Those appearance of the struggling and cooperating 4 of them, strangely resonate with our heart, and reminds us even the relationships with our own family or somebody else.
Through photography, they create memorial day by themselves, that would not come easily even if you waited.
That is the Asada family's commemorative photo.

Asadake / Masashi Asada

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