Miyako no bo (Visages of a Metropolis)
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- Miyako no bo (Visages of a Metropolis)
Photobook. First edition. 40 photographic plates showing the remains of buildings and places in Tokyo dating from the first decades of modernization.
- Published in: Tokyo-to
- Height: 42.6 centimetres (covers)
- Width: 30.2 centimetres (covers)
Takanashi took most of these images during the night, walking through the city by himself. There he discovered the remnants of history, left-overs from the 20s and 30s that were hidden beneath bridges, in cellars, stairways and underground passages. He described this book as 'retro-focus'. It demands a certain amount of effort from the viewer, as if one eyes have to get used to the darkness and should be seen as part of a trilogy starting with 'Machi' (1977) and ending with 'Nostalghia' (2004). All of these books focus on human traces within architecture, documenting the change in the 'skin' of the city, actually without showing humans. The introductory poem by Tamura Ryuichi is entitled 'The Sinking City'. Matsuyama Iwao contributed a post-script. Otake Makoto (teacher at Tokyo Zokei Univ.) wrote the explanations to each locality. The binding which aptly incorporates the phases of the moon was designed by Matsushita Koichi. Only one copy in OCLC. (Titus Boeder, 4/07)
2007 Oct 10-2008 Feb 17, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from Prehistory to the Present'
2010 Oct- 2011 Feb, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from Prehistory to the Present'
2013 Apr – Oct, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from Prehistory to the Present'
- Topographic representation of: Tokyo-to
- PB.168 (Photobook number)
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Object reference number: JCF16334
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