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New Documentary (SIGNED)

Homma, Takashi

ISBN 10: 4900050563 / ISBN 13: 9784900050563
Published by Tokyo: The Asahi Shimbun, 2011
New Condition: New Soft cover
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First edition, first printing. Condition: New, opened for signature only. Signed by Homma (in kanji), in silver/grey ink, to the inside of the lower wrapper. Softcover. Grey printed card wrappers with a photograph to the lower side and the title to the upper side and spine. No dust jacket, as issued. Photographs and works in other mediums by Takashi Homma, with text (in English and Japanese) by Noi Sawaragi, Elein Fleiss, Francesco Zanot, Mike Mills, Hiromi Kurosawa, Motoaki Hori and Kanako Furuno. 4to (27.9cm x 20.9cm), pp.240, illustrated throughout. Published on the occasion of a major retrospective exhibition of Homma’s work entitled "Takashi Homma New Documentary" at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, in 2011. From the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art: "Photographs by Takashi Homma are known for reflecting dry sentiment of the times and giving us a feeling of distance toward the subject. Dealing with a variety of themes, such as architecture, ocean waves, children seen in Tokyo and suburban scenery, he has serialized many of them over the years. Keeping away from describing narrative or emotion, his neutral viewpoint captures the subject unemotionally, which is suitably called "new documentary" that leans towards neither expression nor record advancing from the age when the two were specifically questioned. While he has kept having "a documentative viewpoint" since the start of his career as a photographer, he has tackled possibilities of the photographic expression by "approaching photography as art." Recently in particular, his creative activities pursuing more subjective expressions have broadened while openly dealing with the real world and the times. In this exhibition, not only his prints in the past but also his latest works using different methods and media, such as silk screens based on photos, installations to be viewed through binoculars, books full of images as well as paintings are introduced, raising a question of "what photography is." They lead viewers to think about the meaning of “seeing” through the reality reflected on the photographs. For example, there is Trails in pursuit of the trail of deer hunting in a snow-covered mountain and a painting on the same subject. Tokyo and My Daughter, his lifework for which he continues taking a picture of Tokyo scenery and a girl, and Widows are works that he re-photographed so-called "found photos" discovered in family albums of the protagonists. Thus, he intervenes, going beyond the limits of time, in photographed people’s eyes turned upon their families and friends. Homma's new work re-construction is a collection of works made into a book form, in which he re-photographed magazine covers and pages he edited. Others include exhibition leaflets, posters and their proof sheets, which reveal how lightly he has been working all over media of different kinds. You may say that to re-photograph by his own hands what he photographed is a reviewing act in itself of photography as a medium.". Bookseller Inventory # 70

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Title: New Documentary (SIGNED)

Publisher: Tokyo: The Asahi Shimbun

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Takashi Homma started out in advertising and fashion magazines in the late 1980s, moved to London in the early 90s where he worked for legendary cultural magazines like i-D and met a few photographers who produced their own works by diverse methods. Upon his return to Japan, his own photographic works capturing the landscape and people of Tokyo's suburbs were published in 'Tokyo Suburbia'. This exhibition catalogue focuses on his work since 2005 and draws our attention to his new approach of dynamically exploring the diversity and polysemy of photography. Essays by Elein Fleiss, Noi Sawaragi and others.

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