Heisei - Tokyo - Snap Shot Love

Heisei - Tokyo - Snap Shot Love
Koji Onaka - Tokyo Candy Box No.00, 1999 (© Koji Onaka)
Heisei - Tokyo - Snap Shot Love
Takehiko Nakafuji - from Nightcrawler, 1995 (©Takehiko Nakafuji)

Time Out says

Fujifilm Square in Roppongi bids farewell to the Heisei era (1989-2019) with this exhibition of Tokyo street scenes captured by 11 prominent photographers over the 31 years of that just-departed era. Both the city of Tokyo and the medium of photography itself underwent radical changes over that period, most visibly with the former’s ever-increasing pace of urban renewal and the latter’s shift to digital technology.

Such transformations are evident at the exhibition, notably in Takehiko Nakafuji’s monochrome depictions of his home city, which are by turns nostalgic and near-dystopian (the artist credits the speed and economy of digital photography in making it more feasible to capture a city as vast and ever-changing as Tokyo). Shinya Arimoto, meanwhile, teases out the humanity that lies beneath the surface in the heart of the concrete jungle. Elsewhere among the roughly 100 works on show, Mikiko Hara finds lyrical moments in everyday life for her gently hued colour work, and Masataka Nakano’s ‘Tokyo Nobody’ series reveals the city as few visitors will ever see it: entirely devoid of human life.


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