© Takashi Homma

TOKYO SUBARBIA: Nagamine District, Tama New Town, Tokyo

ArtistHOMMA Takashi
Year1998
Material/ Techniquechromogenic print
Size/ DurationH100×W125cm
Copyright Notice© Takashi Homma
Year of acquisition/ donation2013
DescriptionBorn in Tokyo, Japan in 1962. Lives and works there.

Homma Takashi studied photography at the Department of Art, Nihon University. From the late 1980s, he began taking photographs for advertising, principally in Japanese and overseas fashion magazines, and for CD jackets. As a parallel activity, he also started to photograph cities and suburban ‘new town’ planned communities with special attention to the children in them. These works, in which he characteristically maintains a distance from his subject, he has published in numerous photographic series. In 1999, he won the Kimura Ihei Commemorative Photography Award for his series "TOKYO SUBURBIA". In 2004, he made the movie "KIWAMETE YOI FUKEI (Extremely Good Scenery)".

At the heart of each series Homma creates is what he calls an investigation into the many ways of ‘looking at the world’ with a camera. "TOKYO SUBURBIA" captures the prosaic suburban scenery of residential districts and apartment building courtyards, and images of the children inhabiting them. "Untitled" dispassionately depicts a house’s appearance both in the day and at night. In these series, the city, its suburban environs, and the residents’ lives appear in images of heightened banality that affect our own ‘way of looking.’ This same perspective also informs "Tokyo and My Daughter", a series, suggestive of a family album, documenting his own daughter’s
growth. In reality, however, the girl photographed is not his daughter, and the series includes copies of photographs taken by someone else. In these ways, it refers to such problems as photography’s diversity as a medium and the uncertainty of a photograph’s content. Homma’s stance, thus, of questioning photography itself is also behind his later series, such as his silk-screened works of Macdonald’s restaurants in locations around the world, entitled "M", and his "Trails", in which an enigmatic red fluid repeatedly appears, scattered on snow.

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