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Yutaka Takanashi: Toshi-e (towards the City) (Books on Books)

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Yutaka Takanashi's Toshi-e (Towards the City) is a landmark volume from one of the founders of the short-lived avant-garde Japanese magazine Provoke. The photographers associated with Provoke cultivated a grainy, blurry, black-and-white aesthetic, and Takanashi's pictures are grainy in the extreme. In contrast to his earlier, more upbeat Tokyoites series, the images here a ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Errata Editions
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Jeff Jackson
Rightfully considered one of the masterpieces of the Japanese "Provoke" movement, the photos in "Towards the City" easily deserve five stars. When they're reproduced at full size, the grainy and ghostly images of the urban landscape are nothing short of luminous. Unfortunately, they're often shown at a half or quarter their original size so you're left to squint and imagine.

This series showcases the original photo-book as the art object, not the the photos. So you get loving reproductions of bl
David Gallin-Parisi
Expansive/empty, urban/naturalistic, fashion shoots/sticking a camera out the taxi window, and black/white. This beautiful photography book captures Japan in the 1950's and 1960's, depicting a streamlined view of cities and the landscape swishing through them. There are people too, but they are like delicate buildings, adding structure to the Takanashi's perspectives. One of the greatest examples of futurism, capturing movement of machinery and urban life, while becoming something else altogethe ...more
Transition, restlessness, and uncertainty in early 1970s Japan. The images seem stuck between documentary and the void, like reverse polaroids fading as you look at them.
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