Dozen Editions

A new open-edition print every month.
An ongoing series with 12 new images every year.

Sprinkled all over in Japan, hokora are miniature shrine structures dedicated to minor kami (the spirits venerated in the Shinto religion). One often finds them in the vicinity of trees and rocks where kami are believed to dwell, among other places. If you watch out for them, you’ll find them just about everywhere. 

This hokora sits at the base of a zelkova tree in a particularly quiet corner of Shakujii Park in Tokyo.  It’s been a special place for me ever since moving to Japan, and I have spent countless hours there reading, writing, thinking, and wandering with a camera.

I don’t know how many times I visited this hokora before I figured out how I wanted to photograph it. Eventually, I settled on infrared film, which I rarely use but which gave exactly the effect I had hoped. 

Original photography by David R Munson. Captured in November 2018 in Nerima Ward, Tokyo, Japan. 

The image size is 7×7 inches, printed on high-quality 8×10 inch Hahnemühle photo gloss baryta paper using archival inks. This print is part of a project in which I will release a new print in an open edition every month.

I have always preferred to print my work in smaller sizes. Smaller prints are more intimate. They don’t dominate a space, but rather punctuate it and invite you to get closer. You have to get closer to them to examine their contents. This is something I value as both an artist and a collector of art.

Prints ship from San Antonio, Texas, in the United States.

About Dozen Editions

On the first day of each month, a new open-edition print is released in this series. 8×10” prints of B&W images from my personal archives. The images reflect my explorations and wanderings with the camera. They are special to me personally, and I want to share them with you.

Why choose this format? I like small prints and I have always preferred to print my work in smaller sizes. Smaller prints are more intimate. They don’t dominate a space, but rather punctuate it and invite you to get close. You have to do so to examine their contents, and this changes your experience of and relationship with the work. This is something I value as both an artist and a lover of art.

The images are largely but not exclusively taken in Japan.

A test print to ensure high quality

Dozen Editions are monochrome, printed on Hahnemühle baryta photo gloss paper with archival pigment inks. Orders are filled and shipped by a trusted partner in the United States. Each image is carefully prepared and proofed before release to ensure that my high standards of quality are met, to help ensure your satisfaction with your investment.

All Prints

Night Sakura at Ioji Temple

№ 1: Night Sakura

January 2020

Saitama City, Japan

¥12,000

Early Blooming Ume at Chomeji Temple

№ 2: Early-Blooming Ume

February 2020

Nerima, Tokyo, Japan

¥12,000

Ramen Shop, Omiya City

№ 3: Ramen Shop Study

March 2020

Omiya City, Japan

¥12,000

Empty Billboard, Shinjuku

№ 4: Empty Billboard

April 2020

Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

¥12,000

Trains Passing at Hamamatsucho Station

№ 5: Trains Passing, Hamamatsucho Station

May 2020

Saitama City, Japan

¥12,000

Moth on Shoji Screen

№ 6: Moth on Shoji Screen

June 2020

Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan

¥12,000

Mt Fuji Over Late Autumn Fields

№ 7: Mt Fuji Above Late Autumn Fields

July 2020

Saitama Prefecture, Japan

¥12,000

Hokora Under a Zelkova Tree

№ 8: Hokora Under a Zelkova Tree

August 2020

Tokyo, Japan

¥12,000

¥8,000

through August 30

About Pricing and Availability

These are open-edition prints. What this means is that they are not limited in number, which allows me to make investing in original artwork more accessible to a wider range of patrons. 

Prints are priced at a reduced rate for the first month, then revert to the standard price thereafter.

First Month:


¥8,000

Thereafter:


¥12,000