Since the advent of photography, certain cities have become inextricably intertwined with the images taken by great photographers—Eugene Atget in turn-of-the-century Paris; Berenice Abbott in 1930s New York; Ed Ruscha in a late-sixties Los Angeles. While Daido Moriyama documented the disaffection and dissipation of postwar Tokyo, Takashi Homma deftly picks up the baton with a contemporary portrait of the modern-day metropolis that is both cinematic and complex. For over a decade, Homma has turned his lens toward Tokyo’s suburban environs and urban center. His vision of Tokyo navigates a finely nuanced line between sterility and sentimentality, presenting a sleek, contemporary vision of a postmodern megalopolis populated by a new generation of video game aficionados and enervated fashionistas. While he has published extensively inside his native Japan, this is Homma’s first volume published for an international audience. Takashi Homma: Tokyo compiles selections from each of the artist’s six previously published titles about the city, including Tokyo Suburbia, his seminal work now considered a contemporary classic.
Takashi Homma (born in Tokyo, 1962) studied photography at Nihon University College of Art but left in 1984 to take a job as an in-house photographer at a Tokyo advertising agency. In 1991, he moved to London to work as a photographer for i-D magazine. In 1999, he was awarded a Kimura Ihei Commemorative Photography Award for the project Tokyo Suburbia (1998). A major retrospective of his work opened at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, in 2010. Homma currently lives in Tokyo.
Photographs by Takashi Homma
Introductory essayby Ferdinand Brueggemann
Designed by de.MO
7 x 10 inches
125 four-color images