Ryuichi Kaneko is the leading historian of Japanese photobooks. As the former curator at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, he oversaw the development of the institution?s collection. Over the past 45 years Kaneko has amassed a formidable private collection of more than twenty thousand volumes, magazines and catalogues. As a scholar, he has been an important advocate in supporting the scholarship and study of Japanese photography and photobooks.
Manfred Heiting is a designer and editor of photo publications and a collector of photobooks focusing on the period between 1886 and 1980. He has designed and edited extensive surveys of German, Soviet and Japanese photobooks. Heiting is currently working on surveys of Czech and Dutch photobooks.