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Library of Inspiration

Announcing the launch of "Masters of the Light"

Newly taken original photography by world’s renowned photographers.

With a special support by Nikon, 10 leading world’s photographers have taken original photography using Nikon camera and NIKKOR lens to bring out the ultimate quality and to illustrate the art of photography. The book is designed by world’s influential designer, Nevile Brody.

ReleaseDecember 10, 2013
AvailabilityJapan, the U.S., and countries in Europe and Asia
LanguagesEnglish, Japanese, Chinese
Specifics250 × 300 mm, 192 pages, hard cover
PublisherD.D.WAVE Co., Ltd.
PhotographersDavid Bailey, Hanayo, Ichigo Sugawara, Iwan Baan, Juergen Teller, Marcelo Gomes, Michael Kenna, Phil Knott, Ryan McGinley, Wing Shya

"Masters of the Light" Contributing photographers

David Bailey

David Bailey, born 1938, resides in London. He has been shooting iconic portraits for the last five decades, documenting leading figures of the cultural zeitgeist, including, among many others: the Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Andy Warhol, gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray, Mickey Rourke and Kate Moss. In his early days, he helped define and capture the atmosphere of fashionable 1960s London, when he made stars of a new generation of models, including Jean Shrimpton and Penelope Tree. He channelled the energy of London’s newly informal street culture into his work, and created a new style of casual coolness. Drawing inspiration from Modernism, he injected a sense of movement and immediacy into his work by using a very direct, cropped perspective. Although best known for his portraiture, his interests are varied, and extend well beyond photography to commercials, film, painting and sculpture.



Hanayo is an artist based in Tokyo and Berlin with various guises as a photographer, geisha, musician, and model. She is known for installations that combine photos or collages that depict the mundane with surreal colours with music and three-dimensional art. Hanayo also actively collaborates with creators from other fields like music, film, and fashion, and has in recent years produced advertising visuals for Dior. She has released photo collections such as Hanayome, MAGMA, and berlin, and held several solo and group exhibitions worldwide. She is a member of Gallery Koyanagi.


Ichigo Sugawara

Ichigo Sugawara was born in Sapporo, Japan in 1960. He graduated from Osaka University of Arts in 1985 with a BFA majoring in photography. Since then, his signature black-and-white stills have captured the imagination of the world. In 1996, he was the director of photography in the movie Blue Fish, an officially invited film of the Berlin International Film Festival. In 2005, along with Robert Frank, he exhibited his works in Made in the Shade exhibition at Pace MacGill Gallery in NY. In 2004, his work became the permanent collection of the National Library of France. As of 2010, his collection is part of the San Diego Photography Museum. In 2013 published Daylight|Blue photo book.


Iwan Baan

With his combined passion for documentary and space, Iwan Baan’s photographs reveal our innate ability to reappropriate our available objects and materials, in order to find a place we can call our own. Examples of this can be seen in his work on informal communities where vernacular architecture and placemaking serve as examples of human ingenuity, such as his images of the Torre David in Caracas, a series that won Baan the Golden Lion for Best Installation at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale. Baan’s perspective mirrors the questions and perceptions of the everyday individuals who give meaning and context to the architecture and spaces that surround us, and this artistic approach has given matters of architecture an approachable and globally accessible voice.


Juergen Teller

Juergen Teller was born in Erlangen, Germany in 1964 and has been based in London since 1986. In 2003 he was awarded the Citibank Prize for Photography and in 2007 he was asked to represent the Ukraine as one of five artists in the 52nd Venice Biennale. Teller’s work in books, magazines and exhibitions is marked by his refusal to separate the commercial fashion commissions from his autobiographical work. His photographs are published in influential international publications such as W Magazine, i-D and Purple. Teller has been working with Marc Jacobs on his advertising campaigns, which were collated in the book, Marc Jacobs Advertising 1998-2009 (Steidl, currently out in 2nd edition). He has also had long collaborations with other designers over the years, including Helmut Lang, Yves Saint Laurent, Vivienne Westwood, Celine and more. Teller’s solo exhibitions include Do You Know What I Mean? at The Fondation Cartier Pour l’art Contemporain in Paris (2006), Touch Me at Daelim Contemporary Art Museum in Seoul, Korea (2011). More recently, The Girl with the Broken Nose was held in Milan at Palazzo Reale (2012) and a major solo exhibition in the UK at the ICA in London (2013) entitled Woo!.


Marcelo Gomes

Born and raised in Brazil, Marcelo lives and works between São Paulo and NY. He attended the University of Iowa on a full athletic scholarship (basketball) and graduated with a BA in Political Science. He has had two books published by Hassla Books (NY): Love and Before, Green and After in 2008 and Taciturn Heart in 2010. In May of 2010, Marcelo was part of a group show at Brooklyn Academy of Music in NY titled Younger than I’ll Be, which also featured Jack Pierson, Roberto Longo, Larry Clark and Nan Goldin. His first solo show, titled Exploding, Still opened in June, 2010 at Family in LA. Marcelo has a new book of photographs coming out on Morel Books (London) this summer. Marcelo’s photographs have been published in The New York Times Style Magazine/T, Art Review, Bloomberg Businessweek, New York Magazine, The Wire, Popeye, Brutus, Huge, Modern Matter, Harper’s Bazaar, The Plant Journal, and many others.


Michael Kenna

Born 1953 in Lancashire, UK. Studied photography at London College of Printing and in1976 graduated with a National Higher Diploma. The following year began working as a photographer based in San Francisco. Predominantly photographs at dawn and dusk, Kenna’s landscape photography uses traditional methods and composition. The originality and quality of his photographs are created through superb print techniques and his unique aesthetic. His original style expresses slight changes of light and air; sometimes making the viewer feels as though it is in a different dimension. Consequently, his prints have received high praise for their lyricism. Constantly creating new pieces, Kenna’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world.


Phil Knott

British born, Brooklyn based photographer Phil Knott has been producing images for over 15 years. Rich in content and creativity, Knott presents a style that is beautiful, soulful and honest in its capacity to extract what is raw from his subjects. Knott has invented a niche for himself, attracting a wide range of clients including Paramount pictures, Stussy, Sony Records, RCA, Universal, EMI, Steve Madden, Hennessy, Afro Punk, +81 Magazine and many more. Moving on from that, Knott has curated an art magazine titled Tally Ho which he owns and started. Tally Ho has gone from being hand distributed to being distributed nationwide in the US. Knott has exhibited in many shows in the UK and the US (NY).


Ryan McGinley

New Jersey native Ryan McGinley began documenting his friends and Lower East Side subculture in New York City when he was just a teenager. The fine art community took notice of his work when he printed a fifty-page, inkjet book entitled The Kids Are Alright in 1999. His large-format color photographs soon graced the walls of the Whitney Museum of American Art, where he was the youngest person ever, at the age of 25, to be given a solo exhibition. His newest photographs, shot both in natural settings and in studio, continue to present a testament to his ever-evolving aesthetic and maturity as an artist.


Wing Shya

Wing Shya is a Hong Kong-based photographer who works in fashion, film, and art. Born in 1964, he started his career as a graphic designer after studying at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Canada. Upon his return to Hong Kong, Shya set up Shya-lala Workshop, a design studio in which over the years, has won numerous international awards. Shya has also been the exclusive photographer and graphic designer for Wong Kar Wai’s films, which have included Happy Together, In The Mood for Love, Eros and 2046. In March 2006, Shya held his first solo art exhibition at the Mori Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo. In October 2007, he had two solo photo exhibition: one in Xintiandi, Shanghai, and another exhibition Wing Shya – The Archives Unlocked in Hong Kong. In 2008, he was also took part in China Design Now, which was exhibited at V&A Museum.