Where did you see the "exhaustion system"? I have no idea, though.
Originally Posted by bjorke
And about Kawauchi, Hiromix, and HCB etc, I would say this. The area of professional photography over here seems pretty narrow-scoped, so whoever fits in and can play in it will be known to the public. Hiromix was and probably still is a cult phenomenon and perceived more like a rock star. On the other hand, the work of Kawauchi is more like an ideal life-style icon of a sub-culture. HCB fits all of above, always treated as god-like both in the mainstream and the non-mainstream, and he's still known as a photojournalist, so he gets the game everywhere. Also, some of his photo prints are stored in several museums within the country, and every once in a while, quite randomly though, they get shown.
But as far as the trend goes, I don't really know what aspires and makes people desire. We live in a very mixed-up (and I personally say, "confused") popular culture here. It's like asking how do they extract small pieces of information that goes though them everyday? But then there's this ideal-life style thing that some people want to pursue, and if I'm not mistaken, that's what the concept of Cafe Photo magazine seems to be. It sort of encourages amateurs to "go take a walk with your everyday-use camera, and snap a few photos and live happily", etc. For amateur photography I think every generation has that, but I think it's more segmented with more choices of material goods.
There is a man named, "Akasegawa" who is quite famous (so famous that his name gets mentioned everywhere) for being a professional photo hobbyist and a classic camera collector. He mainly writes articles for some amateur photo magazines and gets gigs to shoot professionally sometimes, but not too exclusively. He seems to lives in a kind of "easy-going" life style, and that's his selling point. He is an old man, from the first baby-boomer generation or so, and his audience is probably from the same generation, too.
The term, "datsuryoku" means "easy-going", "relaxed", as opposed to being stiff and too serious about doing something, and it is often used as a fashion and a life style in the commercial media. It is at least for the imposed style of Fujita's work as it's mentioned so.
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