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Takashi Homma


Tokyo and my Daughter (édition augmentée)

Le célèbre hommage de Takashi Homma met en perspective une séquence gracieuse et intime d’images représentant la jeune fille – qui n’est en réalité pas sa propre fille mais celle d’un ami – et la ville de Tokyo. La jeune fille, capturée à différents moments de son développement dans des lieux de tous les jours, regarde sereinement au-delà de l’objectif, sans se soucier de rien et semblant généralement plus intéressée par la personne qui tient l’appareil que par l’appareil lui-même : sur une photo, elle regarde curieusement depuis la banquette arrière d’une voiture ; sur une autre, elle pointe son propre petit appareil rose vers le photographe.
L’énergie particulière généralement attribuée aux photographies de Takashi Homma, qui émane d’un certain détachement vis-à-vis des objets et des personnes qui se trouvent devant son appareil, ne contredit pas ici une approche très personnelle, Takashi Homma dressant le portrait d’une jeune fille impassible et résistant à toute séduction avec la même tendresse, chaleur et sincérité que celle avec laquelle il documente le paysage urbain de Tokyo.

2021
Zürich
22,5 x 16 cm
52 p.
offset couleur, broché

22 €

Tokyo And My Daughter

From the publisher :

Tokyo And My Daughter is the new book (from 2006) by acclaimed Tokyo based photographer Takashi Homma (1962), showing a series of 32 previously unpublished photographs taken over the last few years.

Homma’s photographs are said to have a special energy, lying in the detachment he can reach with the objects and people in front of his camera. In this new book, the Artist’s very personal subject still seems to make no compromise to the disconnected way he registers what he sees through his lense. At first sight the viewer could be brought into imagining that Homma may perceive his daughter as just being part of the Tokyo urban landscape as all the cars, houses and trees are… Or is she just ‘acting’ as one of them, being exposed to the staring eye of her everyday spectator – her father –, like Tokyo’s cars, houses and trees are to their inhabitants, she neither resist nor attempt to seduce the camera, but impassively returns his glances, even trying to become the spectator herself once.

Takashi Homma’s own “I love my daughter very much. I love Tokyo very much.” declaration is probably the key to reveal the connection between the graceful and intimate sequence of images depicting Homma’s daughter and the city of Tokyo. With his incredible touch and distance he again creates a special world of his own, documenting his daughter from being a toddler to a young little girl through the everyday places in and around their life.

2006
16 x 22.5 cm
32 p.

120 €