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Lime Works

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2007,3007.55

  • Title (object)

    • Lime Works
  • Description

    Photobook. One volume. First edition. Text in English and Japanese.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1996
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Curator's comments

    Throughout the 90s Hatakeyama photographed for a number of art-related publications. Limeworks is the first work under his own direction. The subject matter invites comparison to the constructivist work of Koishi Kiyoshi and of course to his teacher Otsuji who had treated a similar subject in his series 'Dam Sites on Azusa River' in 1968. Hatakeyama superimposes a beauty on the scene that is more or less absent. Shapes and colour are the defining moment in his composition. The photography is perfected to the point of bursting. There are no human beings in his work, and yet the artificial landscape is of course entirely the product of humans. There is no documentary aspect to this photography, and no interaction between the photographer and the scene. There is a subtle manipulative quality to the images that is similar to an advert, persuading one to buy without need or purpose. This work won the 22nd Kimura Ihei prize. The publisher went bankrupt shortly after the book was published and the book was remaindered. It is now difficult to find. (Titus Boeder, 4/07) Singed by the artist at the British Museum on 26 October 2010.

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2007

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    2007,3007.55

  • Additional IDs

    • PB.55 (Photobook number)

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