Tokyo Nobody – Masataka Nakano Photo Book Review

Posted By yonghow on September 13th, 2015

Tokyo Nobody - Masataka Nakano Photo Book

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.

Tokyo Nobody - Masataka Nakano Photo Book
Tokyo Nobody - Masataka Nakano Photo Book
Tokyo Nobody - Masataka Nakano Photo Book
Tokyo Nobody - Masataka Nakano Photo Book
Tokyo Nobody - Masataka Nakano Photo Book
Tokyo Nobody - Masataka Nakano Photo Book

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 ).

Tokyo Nobody - Masataka Nakano Photo Book
Tokyo Nobody - Masataka Nakano Photo Book
Tokyo Nobody - Masataka Nakano Photo Book
Tokyo Nobody - Masataka Nakano Photo Book
Tokyo Nobody - Masataka Nakano Photo Book
Tokyo Nobody - Masataka Nakano Photo Book
Tokyo Nobody - Masataka Nakano Photo Book

(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.

Tokyo Nobody - Masataka Nakano Photo Book
Tokyo Nobody - Masataka Nakano Photo Book
Tokyo Nobody - Masataka Nakano Photo Book
Tokyo Nobody - Masataka Nakano Photo Book
Tokyo Nobody - Masataka Nakano Photo Book
Tokyo Nobody - Masataka Nakano Photo Book

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.

“Tokyo Nobody – Masataka Nakano Photo Book” details :

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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4 Responses to “Tokyo Nobody – Masataka Nakano Photo Book Review”

DISTRAKT

Wow my hand is buzzing, got to get this book!

GITS_Fanatic

@yonghow: do you know if there’s something like this for Hong Kong? Or any book that portrays Hong Kong scenery? I’m a sucker for that city…

yonghow

GITS_Fanatic – I’m not aware of such a book based on Hong Kong, but I’m pretty sure there should be a few out there. Maybe do a search on HK street photography on Amazon ?

martin

fascinating