Mitsuhiko Imamori

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Mitsuhiko Imamori

Mitsuhiko Imamori 今森光彦

Mitsuhiko Imamori  (1954–)  is a native of Shiga Prefecture and a self-taught professional photographer. Starting in his birthplace near Lake Biwa, he began work as a freelance photographer in 1980, taking as his theme the relationship of people and nature—an interest that led him onward to tropical rain forests and deserts around the world. He is also known for his papercut designs, striking cutouts of natural forms that he fashions from scissors and paper. Konchu-ki (Days of Insects) won the Anima Prize in 1989, while his Sekai konchu-ki (Insects of the World) won the Mainichi Publishing Culture Award, the Grand Prize of the Sankei Children's Book Award, and the Kimura Ihei Award in 1994—just some of the many accolades his numerous publications have garnered. Ojiichan wa mizu no nioi ga shita (Grandpa Smelled of Water) received the Shogakukan Children's Publication Culture Award in 2006.

Books by Mitsuhiko Imamori
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    Grandpa Smelled of Water

    Sangoro, a fisherman in his eighties, lives in a small village northwest of Lake Biwa on the banks of the Harie River. His body, we are told, smells of water. As the snows of winter melt into spring, each day he rides his bicycle to the river to fish. He …

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    The Gods' Stairway

    Terraced rice paddies have been part of the landscape on Indonesia's Bali Island from ages past. Among the most beautiful are those on the slopes of Mount Agung, the tallest of the isle's peaks and regarded as a sacred place where gods dwell. This book is …

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    Hello There, Roly Poly!

    Author Mitsuhiko Imamori is known for his travels around the world to photograph the marvelous colors and shapes of rare and unusual insects, but in this book he turns his camera on run-of-the-mill pill bugs thriving in his own yard. Imamori observed and …

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    Various Features of Insects & Spiders

    Author Mitsuhiko Imamori has long been known for his insect photography, and here he features close-up shots of insect faces in full-page enlargements. Thirteen different insects and spiders are shown, including a locust, Japanese rhinoceros beetle, longh …

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