— Russet Lederman

It Don’t Mean a Thing: Photographs by Saul Leiter with a Story by Paul Auster, Co-Editor

Edited by Laurence Vecten, Russet Lederman and Yoko Sawada. Paris, New York & Tokyo: The Gould Collection, 2017.

Printed in a limited numbered edition of 500.

It Don’t Mean a Thing, the second volume in The Gould Collection, presents two presents fifty-eight photographs by Saul Leiter with the story It Don’t Mean a Thing by Paul Auster. Black-and-white and color photographs by Leiter from 1947 through the 1970s — with many images never before published — are paired with Auster’s tale of interlinked life events and chance encounters. Reflections on New York City, its urban rhythm, people and places, feature prominently in both artists’ work and provide a unifying focus for the book.


CLAP! 10×10 Contemporary Latin American Photobooks, Co-Editor

Edited by Olga Yatskevich, Russet Lederman, Matthew Carson and Michael Lang. New York: 10×10 Photobooks, 2017.

Printed in a limited numbered edition of 600.

Published in conjunction with 10×10’s traveling CLAP! Reading Room, this lavishly illustrated 244-page anthology presents 130 Latin American photography books published between 2000 to 2016, selected by twelve Latin American photobooks specialists (either individually or in teams) – and features complete bibliographical information, an illustrated index, and trilingual essays (English, Spanish and Portuguese).



Change: Photographs by Mikiko Hara with a Short Story by Stephen Dixon, Co-Editor


Edited by Laurence Vecten, Russet Lederman and Yoko Sawada. Paris, New York & Tokyo: The Gould Collection, 2016.

Printed in a limited numbered edition of 500 (with signed copies available)
Special Edition: 26 numbered copies with a signed chromogenic print by Mikiko Hara. 24.8 cm high x 18 cm wide.

Change, the first volume of The Gould Collection, interweaves Stephen Dixon’s short story Change with Mikiko Hara’s untitled photographs from 1996 to 2009.

Isolation and social disconnect define both Dixon’s story and Hara’s photographs. Whether images of a bored mother and child on a Tokyo subway or dialogue that reveals missed social cues between neighbors, the people who inhabit the pages of Change try and often fail to genuinely interact with one another. Visually united through an inventive design that presents Dixon’s story on iridescent sheets interspersed between Hara’s color images, Change probes alienation and its role in contemporary life.


10×10 Japanese Photobooks, Co-Editor

10x10 Japanese Photobooks

Edited by Matthew Carson, Michael Lang, Russet Lederman and Olga Yatskevich. New York: 10×10 Photobooks in association with International Center of Photography and Photobook Facebook Group, 2014.

Printed in a limited numbered edition of 400, this “book on books” presents selections by twenty photobook specialists.

As a catalog associated with the traveling 10×10 Japanese Reading Room and Online space, the book offers an in-depth visual investigation of twenty highlighted books – one from each specialist’s selection of ten books – and a visual appendix that documents all 200 Japanese photobooks.



10×10 American Photobooks, Co-Editor

10x10 American Photobooks

Edited by Matthew Carson, Russet Lederman and Olga Yatskevich. New York: bookdummypress and 10×10 Photobooks, 2013.

As a comprehensive overview of the 10×10 American Photobooks project, this limited edition (500 copies) publication presents illustrated selection lists from all the specialists, along with essays on American photobook culture by noted artists, writers, publishers, curators and bibliophiles.




Monsters and Madonnas, Contributing Writer
The International Center of Photography Library Blog, New York City
2011 to the present.

Regular posts highlighting photobooks in the International Center of Photography Library and permanent collection. Although not the exclusive focus, many of the articles explore aspects of the library’s strong holdings in Japanese pre and postwar photobooks.

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Selected topics covered include:

Parallel Universe: Tokyo Through Western Eyes
Anouk Kruithof: Interview
LA Report: Beyond the Book Fairs
Japanese Photobooks at the ICP Library: Revisted Part 2
Japanese Photobooks at the ICP Library: Revisited

Miyako Ishiuchi Wins 2014 Hasselblad Award

Recent Japanese Photobook Reprints

David Solo: An Inveterate Photobook Collector

Let’s Pretend! The Contemporary American Photobook

Collaborations in Japanese Photobooks: Shuji Terayama, Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno
The Photobook: Turn the Page Please
Hidden Dangers: Japanese Photobooks in the Shadow of Fukushima
Provoke: Takuma Nakahira and Yutaka Takanashi
Ivan Vartanian: Performance, Bookmaking and the Photobook
The Daido Moriyama Photobook Collection at the ICP Library: Nippon Gekijo Shashincho / Japan: A Photo Theater
Delpire & Co.
Kohei Sugiura: The Japanese Photobook as Object
Ed van der Elsken and Eikoh Hosoe: A 30-Year Dialogue
Kiyoshi Suzuki: It’s All About the Photobooks
Yasuhiro Ishimoto (1921-2012): The “ Visual Bilinguist” in Japanese and American Postwar Photography
New York Antiquarian Book Fair 2012
Magnum Contact Sheets: An Interview with Kristen Lubben
New York: Daido Moriyama and William Klein
Children’s Photobooks: Not Just for Children
Paris Photo / Books 2011
Hello Japan! (An interview with John Gossage)
From War Time Propaganda to a Postwar Platform for the Avant-Garde
Caught Between Two Worlds: Japanese Photobooks from the Mid-1990s to the Present
The Impact of Hiroshima & Nagasaki on Japanese Photobooks

Foam Magazine, Contributing Writer

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Two Essays — Izumi Miyazaki: Kowai Kawaii
and Hiroshi Okamoto: I Want to Die

#45 Talent (August 2016)
Essay on Taejoong Kim: Nature Revealed

Foam #42 Talent (August 2015)
Essay on Heikki Kaski: Towards Tranquillity

Foam #40 After Araki (December 2014)
Essay on Desire and Portraits of Sexuality as Filtered Through Life and Death

Foam #39 Talent (August 2014)
Essays on Nerhol and Jing Huang

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Foam Magazine #40 Foam Magazine #39

Shashin: Photography from Japan Festival Tabloid,
Contributing Editor and Writer

April 2015
Interview with Sandra Phillips: A Path Towards Japanese Photography.


Aperture Photobook Review and Aperture Blog, Photobook and Exhibition Reviewer

Blog: Exhibition Review, October 3, 2017
Review of Daido Moriyama at Luhring Augustine Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.

Blog: Exhibition Review, February 15, 2017
Review of Acts of Intimacy: The Erotic Gaze in Japanese Photography at The Walther Collection, NYC.

Blog: Exhibition Review, April 16, 2016
Review of In the Wake at Japan Society, NYC.

Blog: Exhibition Review, January 29, 2016
Review of Yasuhiro Ishimoto: Katsura at Peter Blum Gallery, NYC.

Photobook Review: Issue #8, Spring 2015
Review of Nobuyoshi Araki, Chiro Love Death (2010).

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The Eyes, Photobook Reviewer

Vol. 7, Autumn 2016/Winter 2017
Review of Provoke: Between Protest and Performance (2016).

Vol. 6, Spring/Summer 2016
Review of Seiji Kurata: AKB 80’S (2015).

Vol. 5, Autumn 2015/Winter 2016
Review of Sohrab Hura: Life is Elsewhere (2015).

Vol. 4, Spring/Summer 2015
Review of Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography (2014).

Vol. 3, Autumn 2013/Winter 2014
Review of Shomei Tomatsu: Chewing Gum and Chocolate (2014).

Vol. 2, Spring/Summer 2014
Review of Eternal Chase (2012) by Tamiko Nishimura, pp. 150-151.

Vol. 1, Autumn 2012/Winter 2013
Review of Various Small Books: Referencing Various Small Books by Ed Ruscha (2013), pp. 148-149. (Download PDF).

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IMA Magazine

IMA: Best Photobooks of 2016, Vol. 18, Winter 2016

Recommendation with Jeff Gutterman: Provoke: Between Protest and Performance (Exhibition Catalog); Moholy-Nagy: Future Present (Exhibition Catalog); Masahisa Fukase, Hibi , Nuogo kuno teorija: The Theory of a Naked Body (Exhibition Catalog); and Hiroyasu Nakai, North Point.

IMA: Our Favorite Ararchy Books!, Vol. 16, Summer 2016

Recommendation: Araki’s, Oh Nippon (1971), Chiro My Love (1990), and Tokyo Kannon (1998).

IMA: Depth of Monochrome Photography, Vol. 14, Winter 2015

Recommendation: Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Someday Somewhere (1958); Yasuhiro Yoshioka, The Photography of Yasuhiro Yoshioka (1962); and Kazuo Kitai, Resistance (1965).

IMA: New Ground of Documentary, Vol. 12, Summer 2015

Recommendation: Shomei Tomatsu and Ken Domon, Nagasaki-Hiroshima Document 1961 and Alyse Emdur, Prison Landscapes.

IMA: Personal Narratives, Vol. 5, Autumn 2013

Article on the historical precedence for personal narratives in the work of Japanese photographer Tomoko Sawada. Text in Japanese. Download PDF.

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Various Photobook Blog Reviews and Selections

Photobookstore Magazine: Best Books 2016 – 10×10 Photobooks Selection (2 December 2016)

photo-eye Blog: Best Books 2015 – 10×10 Photobooks Selection (8 December 2015)

Photobookstore Magazine: Review of Ichiro Kojima, Tsugaru: Poems, Texts, and Photography (6 March 2015)

photo-eye Blog: Book of the Week Review: Student Radicals: Japan 1968-1969 by Takashi Hamaguchi (24 February 2015)

photo-eye Blog: Best Books 2013 – 10×10 Photobooks Selection (31 December 2013)

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Contributing Essayist
USA: Untitled Scapes of America by Yojiro Imasaka (New York: Miyako Yoshinaga and Yojiro Imasaka Studio, 2014)

Essay “USA”

Yojiro Imasaka, USA: Untitled Scapes of America (2014)

Fotobook Festival Kassel 2013

On Daido, edited by Dieter Neubert
(Kassel: Kesseler Fotografie Festival GUG, 2013. Reprint 2015
Limited Edition of 150. Contributed essay “The Outsider”

Photobook Award 2013, edited by Dieter Neubert
(Kassel: Kesseler Fotografie Festival GUG, 2013)
Nominated Shomei Tomatsu: Photographs 1951-2000

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Contributing Essayist
Float by Anton Cabaleiro (La Coruña, Spain: Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, 2013)

Essay “Anton Cabaleiro: The Space Between”


British Journal of Photography, Vol. 159, Number 7805, October 2012, p. 62-64.

Interview with Ivan Vartanian on Daido Moriyama’s Printing Show at Aperture Foundation (NYC, November 2011) and Tate Modern (London, October 2012). Download PDF.

British Journal of Photography, October 2012