We Have No Place to Be 
Joji Hashiguchi


—Photographs: Joji Hashiguchi
—Design: Kumiko Otsuka
—Support: Team N.Y.
—Texts: Yoshitomo Nara, Mika Kobayashi
—Printing Specialist: Motoyuki Kubo, Joji Hashiguchi
—Production Assistant: Yasuyo Takahashi
—Translation: Daniel González
—Edit: Keenan McCracken
—Printing: Pristone


—First Edition 2019
—Edition of 1,000 copies
—ISBN : 978-0-578-42908-3
—Page: 256 pages
—Format: 210 mm x 290 mm
—Photograph: 139 black and white photographs
—Printing: duotone press black and white images with vanish
—Paper: Symbol Tatami Ivory 135 gm
—Cover: 350 gm paper duotone with white foil stamp and PP matt coating

Press Release

Session Press is pleased to present “We Have No Place to Be 1980-1982” by renowned Japanese photographer Joji Hashiguchi. With a career spanning over forty years, this is a newly edited edition based on the original of the same title published in 1982 by Soshi-sha, which was regarded as one of his most important earlier works along with his other acclamined “Shisen” (”The Look,” winner of the 18th Taiyo Prize in 1981). Supervised and edited by Hashiguchi, it comprises 139 b & w photographs with twenty more previously unpublished works, printed in duo-tone with matt vanish. “We Have No Place to Be 1980-1982” successfully delivers the real presence of the events happening back in the days.

“We Have No Place to Be” revolves around Hashiguchi’s courageous quest to capture the lives of the teenagers on the streets of six cities; Liverpool, London, Nuremberg, West Berlin, New York and Tokyo in 1981-82. The work has been praised for his ability to present a difficult yet precious association between youth and their communities. Hashiguchi observed a massive variety of troubles which young people in society may find themselves confronted by- drug addiction, unemployment, poverty, prostitution, crime, racism, segregation, ignorance, and isolation. Through his photos Hashiguchi challenges the viewer to reexamine what we have both become and lost- and whether the issues remain relevant in the present day.

Throughout history of photography 'youth' has remained a captivating theme. Photographers such as Danny Lyon, Karlheinz Weinberger, Bruce Davidson, Joseph Sterling and Joseph Szabo made masterpieces from their investigations into cultures of renegade bikers, street gangs, and the drama found where teenagers sought amusement. While it is well known that William Klein and Ed van der Elsken presented their distinctive street photos abroad in the ’50-60s, Hashiguchi’s intense contribution to this aspect of documentary photography is marked specifically by his attention to ‘troubled youth’ around the world in the early ’80’s on a scale which no other photographer has equaled.

Despite of any aggressive approach, Hashiguchi has a unique ability of capturing a unguarded expression from youth in his photos, the viewers easily acknowledge his talents and strengths as a photographer. This is because Hashiguchi first of all gained sympathy as a person and used his camera to sincerely shoot who they were not as observer who raised his voice for social justice pretentiously.

Hashiguchi’s legendary “We Have No Place to Be” has influenced generations of photographers in Japan. This lushly produced publication includes an essay by artist Yoshitomo Nara, a close friend of Hashiguchi, discussing his thoughts on what it means to review this collection now many decades old. As our current world goes through a period of shifting social dynamics we hope that this book becomes a contemporary classic for a new international audience.



セッションプレスの第11冊目の写真集は、橋口譲二の『俺たちどこにもいられない 1980−1982』です。橋口のデビュー作として注目を集めた『視線』(1981年、第18回太陽賞を受賞)と並び、『俺たち、どこにもいられない 荒れる世界の十代』(草思社、1982) は、写真家橋口譲二の40年以上に及ぶ礎を築いた重要な初期作品です。20点以上の未発表の作品を含めたモノクロ写真139点、256頁に及ぶ本書は、橋口自身が監修・編集し、2色刷りのマットニス加工印刷を施し、当時の臨場感を感じさせる見応えある内容に仕上がっています。
オリジナル版『俺たち、どこにもいられない 荒れる世界の十代』は、82年に出版後、次世代の写真家、アーティストたちに多大なる影響力を与えてきました。本書の序文において、奈良美智が、作品から授かったインスピレーションや、自身の若い頃の体験を紹介します。『俺たちどこにもいられない 1980−1982』を通し、多くの海外のコレクター、美術関係者及び、日本の若い世代の作家に、橋口譲二の作品の素晴らしさを改めて広く紹介できることを願います。

Joji Hashiguchi

Joji Hashiguchi
(Kagoshima, Japan, 1940)

Joji Hashiguchi was born in Kagoshima, Japan in 1940 and awarded the 18th Taiyo Prize for “Shisen” (”The Look” ) in 1981. He has published and exhibited his show domestically and internationally since then. His publication include “We have no place to be” (Soshisha, 1982)
2008 “Seventeen 2001-2006” (Iwanami Shoten)
1999 “Children's Time” (Shogakukan)
1997 “Dream” (MEDIA FACTORY)
1996 “WORK 1991-1995” (MEDIA FACTORY)
1992 “Couple” (Bungeishunju)
1990 “Father” (Bungeishunju)

2011 “Hof Memories of Berlin” (Iwanami Shoten)
1998 “Freedom 1981-1989” (Kadokawa Shoten)
1992 “BERLIN” (Ota Shuppan)
1989 “Zoo” (Joho Center Shuppan-kyoku)

...and more


橋口 譲二
(1949年 鹿児島県生まれ)

Individual, 日本と日本人
2008年「十七歳 2001-2006」岩波書店
1996年「職 1991-1995 WORK」メディアファクトリー
2011年「Hof ベルリンの記憶」岩波書店
1998年「自由 1981-1989」角川書店