Neon lights, sumo wrestlers, historic wooden homes and temples: These are just a few of the clichéd images of Tokyo that photographer Takashi Homma is hoping to change with the publication of his first book for an international audience, Takashi Homma: Tokyo (Aperture), and an exhibit at Tokyo’s 360 Gallery. With every shot, the former i-D magazine photographer aims to expose a different side of Japan. His reality includes stark urban landscapes of suburban apartment complexes, parking lots, fast food joints and factories. Homma also snapped portraits of listless teenagers consuming burgers and entranced children playing video games. But his work is hardly depressing fare. Homma’s photographs show a genuine affection for Japanese suburban life, which he experienced firsthand growing up on the outskirts of Tokyo. That personal narrative is reinforced by the artist’s tendency to include his own life in his work, training his lens on his studio, desk and even his dog.
This story first appeared in the March 24, 2008 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
Takashi Homma: Tokyo
Published by Aperture in May
125 four-color images
Takashi Homma Tokyo
May 7–May 31
5-1-27 Minamiaoyama, Minato-Ku Tokyo 107-0062