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Toi shisen (A Strange Perspective in Tokyo)

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  • Title (object)

    • Toi shisen (A Strange Perspective in Tokyo)
  • Description

    Photobook. First edition. One volume. Signed copy.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1989
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 42.6 centimetres (covers)
    • Width: 30.2 centimetres (covers)
  • Curator's comments

    A strange perspective indeed: Office workers taking a mid-day nap on artificial grass in the Ikebukuro Sunshine building, somebody sunbathing in the bushes, a used car sales-show in Shinjuku, a policeman watching from a bridge, drunken day workers sleeping on the pavement in front of Takadanobaba station, a boy sitting inside a coin locker, the ruins of a public bath, a chicken on a banister in a school yard, all of the scenes become significant through the angle, the moment, and the size. While being slightly absurd, there is a palpable sense of the security, confidence, and contentedness of the late 80s. Only one copy in OCLC. (Titus Boeder, 4/07)


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  • Additional IDs

    • PB.119 (Photobook number)

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