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“The Narcissistic City” by Takashi Homma

Japanese photographer, Takashi Homma, compiles irregular views and dysfunctional buildings to create what he calls 'The Splintered City’.

May 4, 2016 - Lisa Walden

© Takashi Homma 2016 courtesy MACK

Back in 1998, a young burgeoning Japanese photographer released a book sprawling with phonebook-sized photographs, landscapes of his hometown and documentations of post-war Japan. Created by Takashi Homma, Tokyo Suburbia collected fragments of Japanese culture, often capturing the emptiness of their landscapes. Now 17 years since the inception of his debut book, Homma has released a collection of his newest works: The Narcissistic City.

By building a city image by image, Homma could piece together irregular views and create what he called ‘The Splintered City’. Published by MACK Books and available to buy immediately, Japanese-born Homma erases people from his images, rather using buildings and construction as a method of communicating (he relies heavily on scrawled words and stenciled numbers). Themes that often toy with exploring suburban sceneries, architecture, ocean waves and children in Tokyo, are ones echoed through The Narcissistic City also: “Homma does not seek to index any particular city but render a shadow world, a city’s unconscious caught in a dark chamber, suspended in the camera’s box. The camera obscura offers a repetition, like the reflection shimmering in Narcissus’s pool,” say the book’s publishers.

© Takashi Homma 2016 courtesy MACK

© Takashi Homma 2016 courtesy MACK

© Takashi Homma 2016 courtesy MACK

For more information visit the MACK website here.