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The Town You Live In: Reprinted Edition

Price:
3,200 yen (JPY)
Author(s):
Yoshiyuki Okuyama
Language(s):
Japanese
Size:
145 × 145 mm
Pages:
256
Binding:
softcover with slipcase
ISBN:
978-4-86152-958-0 C0072

Travel just a little back in time to see some of Japan’s brightest stars—and the fast-changing city of Tokyo—as they once were.

Since 2010, Yoshiyuki Okuyama has pursued a prolific career as a photographer and filmmaker, actively publishing and exhibiting his own works on the one hand while also creating a memorable body of projects on commission on the other. The Town You Live In, featuring young actresses photographed in various locations around Tokyo, was originally serialized for three years in the magazine Eyescream; issued in book form by Space Shower Networks in 2017, it attracted attention for its impressive lineup of stars as well as for Okuyama’s use of a simple Polaroid camera, among other innovative techniques, to bring out new dimensions of their appeal.

Now, that book, which has fallen out of print in the seven years since, returns in a new edition under a new publisher.

Each photo, shot as though in a jam session with the subject based on a close process of dialogue and rapport-building, captures the actress with a sparkling look on her face that she reveals nowhere else. The synergy between the stars’ magic and Okuyama’s creative talents gives rise to a gem of a series that Okuyama himself treasures for having inspired a breakthrough in his own art. Another “star” of the series is Tokyo itself: with their inimitable outlook and graphical compositions, Okuyama’s Polaroid shots of the city offer a valuable record of its appearance before the 2020 Olympics even as they stand as one-of-a-kind images in their own right.

This edition preserves the layout of the original while thoroughly reworking the printing process and giving a new color to the cover among other updates, resulting in a nostalgic yet fresh encounter with thirty-five actresses—and the city of Tokyo—as they were a decade or so ago.

Actresses featured (in order of appearance)
Nana Komatsu, Fumi Nikaido, Sayu Kubota, Kasumi Arimura , Riko Narumi, Yao Aining, Mugi Kadowaki, Reina Kurosaki, Suzu Hirose, Airi Matsui, Maika Yamamoto, Nana Seino, Yuko Araki, Kaho, Fumino Kimura, Tsubasa Honda, Marie Iitoyo, Kaho Mizutani, Hana Sugisaki, Yurika Nakamura, Yuna Taira, Akari Hayami, Natsumi Okamoto, Ai Hashimoto, Mikako Tabe, Riho Yoshioka, Mitsuki Takahata, Aoi Morikawa, Ayami Nakajo, Shiori Kutsuna, Fuka Koshiba, Haruna Kawaguchi, Momoko Tanabe, Ren Komai, Yui Sakuma

Photographer and filmmaker Yoshiyuki Okuyama was born in 1991. He received the Canon New Cosmos of Photography Excellence Award in 2011 for Girl and the Kodansha Publishing Culture Award in Photography in 2016 for Bacon Ice Cream. Major solo exhibitions include As the Call, So the Echo (Gallery 916, Tokyo, 2017) and windows (amanaTIGP, Tokyo, 2023); major publications, As the Call, So the Echo (Akaaka Publishing, 2017), Pocari Sweat (Seigensha, 2019), flowers (Akaaka Publishing, 2021), Best Before (Seigensha, 2022), and windows (Akaaka Publishing, 2023).

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