Tokyo Nobody is a pictorial by Japanese photographer Masataka Nakano. His haunting pictures explore a sprawling metropolis that is inhabited by…no one. Devoid of its human counterparts the barren Tokyo landscape seems to adopt a unique identity of its own.
Having lived in Tokyo from 2004-2009 I’m fascinated by how the billboards change the face and look of the city so dramatically – by looking at Nakano’s pictures I can immediately tell they were taken quite some time ago ( indeed, from the period of 1990 – 2000 ).
(above) The east exit of Shinjuku station, the world’s busiest train station. This image is surreal given just how perpetually packed the area is with human traffic.
A refreshing visual perspective on one of the most interesting cities in the world. Recommended.
I also suggest checking out the art book Tokyo Genso, which imagines a post-apocalyptic Tokyo landscape.
Dimensions – 10.6 x 8.3 x 0.5 inches
Soft cover, 96 pages
Color, in Japanese ( book is 99% photographs )
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