Decorated trucks, called DECOTORA. Drivers decorate the trucks that carry the things that are essential to our daily lives with their rich ideas and decoration skill. The decorations themselves were also drivers' way of life.
Masaru Tatsuki made his debut in 2007 with his series of photographs of decorated trucks and drivers, "DECOTORA." Since then, he has rarely photographed DECOTORA, but has instead photographed various parts of the Tohoku region and related things such Jomon pottery pieces, tracing the connections that began with DECOTORA series.
Hachinohe in Aomori Prefecture, Japan is said to be the birthplace of the DECOTORA (there are various theories about its origin), and it is also the place where Tatsuki photographed the series "FISH-MAN." This time, Tatsuki, who started his career as a photographer with DECOTORA, decided to photograph DECOTORA again for the reopening exhibition of Hachinohe Art Museum.
In the 14 years that have passed since the start of Tatsuki's career as a photographer, the world has changed and the decoration of DECOTORA has changed a lot with strict regulations. However, the fact that decorating trucks is a way of life for the drivers has not changed. And the fact that drivers support our daily lives will never change.
Through DECOTORA, Tatsuki has continued to see many things that we overlook, and this society itself. "DECOTORA Hachinohe" is different from "DECOTORA" released in 2007 in the way it is shot and the distance between Tatsuki and the drivers. However, what Tatsuki sees is the same.
This book contains 12 photographs and an essay by Tatsuki, who has never written about DECOTORA before, entitled "DECOTORA – A way of life."