The intention behind Takashi Homma: Tokyo and My Daughter is best explained by the photographer himself: “I love my daughter very much. I love Tokyo very much.” Homma’s (born 1963) affection is nearly tangible in this series of 32 color photographs in which images of his daughter are placed beside detail shots of the city’s cars, houses and trees.
Homma’s daughter, captured in various stages of toddlerhood in everyday locations, stares serenely just beyond the camera lens, unselfconscious and generally appearing more interested in the person holding the camera than the device itself: in one photograph, she peers out curiously from the backseat of a car, while in another she points her own tiny pink camera back at her father. Homma’s photography is imbued with a warmth and sincerity that belies his total familiarity with the subjects at hand; he documents Tokyo’s urban landscape with the same tenderness he brings to portraying his daughter.
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 6.25 x 8.75 in. / 42 pgs / 42 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 12/1/2020 Forthcoming
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2020 p. 95
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9783907179185TRADE List Price: $24.00 CDN $34.00
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Published by Walther König, Köln. Text by Tim Benton.
Internationally acclaimed photographer Takashi Homma (born 1962) first encountered Le Corbusier’s work in Chandigarh, a city in India whose master plan was primarily designed by the architectural pioneer. Since then, Homma has traveled around the world to capture the iconic Le Corbusier style with a particular focus on windows.
Both an homage to Le Corbusier’s architecture and a partial study of the window as a form, Homma’s photography series conveys the extent to which windows function as their own artistic element within the overall design of a building. Rather than simply looking through the windows at the landscapes contained within their frames, Homma’s photographs encourage viewers to also look at the windows and consider them as subjects unto themselves. With Homma’s exquisite compositional instincts, his images offer a new perspective on the overlap between architectural photography and fine-art photography.
Published by 1223 Gendaikaiga. Text by David LaRocca.
Takashi Homma’s (born 1962) New Waves is a deeply considered pictorial reflection on the interaction between land, sea and sky. While these works join a familiar pictorial tradition that stretches from the paintings of Turner to the contemporary photographs of Hiroshi Sugimoto, Homma’s photographs are not explorations in abstraction or stillness; instead, they place us squarely on the shore, inviting us to dwell on the visible details of foam and sand and the busy, sweeping, brushstroke effects of the water. If Homma’s images are clear-eyed, however, they are not without lyricism, as the dawn or early evening light frequently endows these scenes with light pinks and oranges. New Waves gathers series made between 2000 and 2013, and has been conceived by Homma as a "re-edit" of previous presentations. Published for his solo exhibition at Longhouse Projects in New York, it includes an appendix of previous Japanese publications of the series, and an essay by David LaRocca that compares the series to works by Robert Mapplethorpe, Gerhard Richter, David Hockney and Hiroshi Sugimoto.
PUBLISHER 1223 Gendaikaiga
BOOK FORMAT Flexi, 8.75 x 11.25 in. / 48 pgs / 64 color / 4 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 3/31/2014 Out of stock indefinitely
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2014 p. 92
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9784990582425FLAT40 List Price: $45.00 CDN $60.00
Published by Aperture. Text by Ferdinand Brueggemann.
Since the advent of photography, certain cities have become inextricably intertwined with their depiction by great photographers: Eugène Atget in turn-of-the-century Paris; Berenice Abbott in 1930s New York; Ed Ruscha in late-60s Los Angeles. While Daido Moriyama documented the disaffection and dissipation of postwar Tokyo, Takashi Homma picks up the baton with a contemporary portrait of the modern-day metropolis that is both cinematic and complex. For over a decade, Homma has turned the neutral gaze of his lens toward Tokyo’s suburban environs and urban center. As in all of his work, Homma’s vision of Tokyo navigates a finely nuanced line between sterility and sentimentality, detachment and lusciousness, presenting a sleek, contemporary vision of a postmodern megalopolis populated by a new generation of video-game aficionados and fashionistas. While Homma has published extensively inside his native Japan, this is his first volume published for an international audience. Takashi Homma: Tokyo compiles selections from each of the artist’s six previously published titles on the city, including Tokyo Suburbia, his seminal work now considered a contemporary classic.
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 7 x 10 in. / 240 pgs / 125 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 5/1/2008 No longer our product
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PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9781597110594TRADE List Price: $45.00 CDN $55.00
Published by Nieves. Photographs by Takashi Homma.
This short and sweet--and astonishingly beautiful--book of photographs by the Tokyo-born and based Takashi Homma features 32 color images, primarily of the artist's daughter, although there are also some cityscapes and interiors that round out the story with perfect pitch. Homma offers an extremely well calibrated selection of images of his daughter from her first months to about age six: we see her sitting in her high chair; at a picnic; peeking through the car window; and taking some pictures of her own. Luminous, loving and relaxed, these portraits welcome the reader into the artist's inner world without giving anything away. Tokyo and My Daughter, featuring one of the best family dog pictures ever, is published in the same series as Nieves' Kim Gordon: Chronicles Vol.1, Mike Mills: Humans, and Yukari Miyagi: Rabbit & Turtle. Homma has published his work in many international magazines and exhibited worldwide.
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 6.5 x 9 in. / 32 pgs / 32 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 8/15/2006 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2006 p. 137
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9783905714104TRADE List Price: $20.00 CDN $25.00