A Life Among Fishes The Art of Gyotaku

Gyotaku, imprints of fishes, found its roots in a Japanese tradition born in the middle of the 19th century.


It consists in inking the catch of the fisherman, applying it to a piece of cloth or paper before even mentioning the name of the fish, its size, the place, the date and who caught it.


These black and white Gyotaku still adorn the windows of fishing supplies stores.


The magnificent book of C.M. Dewees, which describes this method, called “direct,” retraced the history of Gyotakus, the evolution of the techniques and the methods as well as the impact of this tradition in the West, giving us a look at the magnificent works of the author.


This Californian became a master and an international reference just like the great Japanese masters.


Each picture of the works of Chris Dewees comes with an anecdote which allows us to travel from Chile to New Zealand, from California to Japan for the last 50 years.


The poems of the author enrich this book and open the doors of a novel universe where the memories feed the imaginary world.


Scientist? Painter? Poet? Christopher Dewees is all of them at once and the reading of his book, which will quickly be a reference, is to be put in the hands of the scholar as well as the children…of all ages.



Dr. Daniel Pardo
CNRS ( Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)
MNHN ( Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle)

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