Tokyo Perspective

CompanyCittà Materia
PhotographerKazuya Urakawa
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

Looking at cityscapes in Tokyo, I feel as if the city has fallen into a state of amnesia. Tokyo undergoes reconstruction more frequently than any other city in the world, and the demolition of buildings only 50 years old is commonplace. However, the relation between reconstruction and memory-loss of a city is like two sides of the same coin. I believe cities with memory-loss cannot maintain individuality, reducing their existence to an expression of superficial and flimsy images. This book is an experiment to survey the modern history of the city of Tokyo through architecture in the 20th century. I hope it provides occasion to rediscover the city and helps to accumulate and preserve its memories. 134 pages. Text in English 24 collages + 44 photographs + 13 archival images Size : 410mm x 290mm x 10mm 50 editions only Photo / Collages / Text : Kazuya Urakawa

About Photographer

I am a photographer and a registered architect in Japan. I was born in 1972 in Sapporo and resides in Tokyo. I studied architectural history at the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering at Osaka City University, upon graduating in 1996, I have worked as an architect and an urban planner for about 20 years. Concerned by the rapid change in Japanese cities, particularly in Tokyo, I began to photograph Japanese modern architecture and cityscape in 2005. My theme of creation is what documents and visualizes the irreproducibility of the city which is caused by conflict between the continuously changing cityscape and the memory of place being accumulated in the city. [AWARD] 2017 ISTANBUL PHOTOBOOK FESTIVAL FUAM DUMMY BOOK AWARD : Nominated for one the 34 shortlisted works 2016 Steidl Book Award Japan : Nominated for one the 44 longlisted works 2015 International Photography Awards 2015 Competition : Honorable Mention ( in Fine Art/Collage ) 2015 The PX3 2015 PHOTO COMPETITION : Honorable Mention ( in Fine Art/Abstract ) 2014 ONWARD Compé ‘14 : Finalist 2012 PENTAX RICOH Photo Contest : winning a prize [Solo Exhibitions] 2016 invisible cities / Pinco Palino Tokyo [Selected Group Exhibition] 2017 NEW WAVE Handmade photobooks from Tokyo, Hardwick Gallery, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, UK 2016 Special Exhibition: Steidl Book Award Japan, The Tokyo Art Book Fair 2016, Tokyo, Japan 2016 Photobook As Object Exhibition by workshjop participants, Remminders Photography Stronghold, Tokyo, Japan 2014 ONWARD Compé ’14 : Annual International photography competition finalists exhibition, Project Basho, Philadelphia, U.S.A 2012 PENTAX RICOH Photo Contest Exhibition, Pentax forum gallery, Tokyo, Japan