Yutaka Takanashi 高梨豊, TOWARDS THE CITY 都市へ (TOSHI HE), NOTE TOKYO-JIN 東京人ノート (NOTEBOOK – PEOPLE OF TOKYO), 1974

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A book like a never-ending dream. Yutaka Takanashi offers his photographs to us in two volumes. This publication is a universe in itself. The mysterious matt-black box certainly makes one wonder what lays within. The only clues are the words TOWARDS THE CITY (TOSHI HE). On opening the box the suspense continues, as we are faced with a shiny mirror-like plate on a black clothbound book. Turning the pages the journey slowly unfolds. The images let us look out onto sea- and city-scapes, but always from a distance. As the title suggests, we are still travelling towards the city, never quite arriving. Each photograph is accompanied by a blank grey-green page, allowing you and the images to breathe, before your curiosity provokes you to explore further.
All photographs are black and white and wonderfully printed. The whole making of this book is exceptional. The paper of this book is very thin. It almost seems as if the layer of printing ink is thicker than the paper itself.

The second and smaller volume NOTE TOKYO-JIN, hidden beneath the larger, is a softcover book printed on rough matt paper. Here one has the impression of finally arriving in a city, but in a dream-like manner. That kind of dream where you are caught in a loop, experiencing the same events over and over again, with only the slightest differences.

Designed by Kohei Segiura, already renowned for such classic titles as Eikoh Hosoe’s Barakei (Killed by Roses) and Kikuji Kawada’s Chizu (The map) in 1965. He also designed Ikko Narahara’s Europe: Where time has stopped (1967) and Robert Frank’s The lines of my hand (1972).

Published by: Izara Shobō (self published)

Design by Kohei Segiura, Text by Gozo Yoshimasu

2 volumes in a black clamshell box

TOWARDS THE CITY (TOSHI HE)

Hard clothbound cover with convex aluminum plate

app. 41.9 x 28cm

130 pages

NOTE TOKYO-JIN (Tōkyōjin nōto)

soft cover

app. 25.8 x 18.2cm

128 pages

Clamshell box with book laied in

 

 

 

 

Yutaka Takanashi 高梨豊, NOTE TOKYO-JIN 東京人ノート (PEOPLE OF TOKYO)

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See these other PROVOKE – related publications:

Daido Moriyama, Japan; A photo theater, 1968

Provoke 1, 1968

Provoke 2, 1969

Provoke 3, 1970

First, Throw Out Verisimilitude, 1970

Daido Moriyama, Bye bye photography, 1972

Daido Moriyama, Bye bye photography, 1972

Yutaka Takanashi, TOWARDS THE CITY (TOSHI HE), 1974