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Lieko Shiga
Blind Date (w/ signed Postcard)

Photographs by Lieko Shiga

Text by Lieko Shiga (English, Japanese)

Design by Daishiro Mori

T&M Projects, 2017

First edition

Japanese bound softcover housed in a printed box

100 pp., b/w illustrated throughout

257 x 364 mm

Item #0516

0.400 0516 Sold Out

Selected as one of the Best Books of 2017 by Jim Goldberg

"It was the summer of 2009 and I was conducting research in Bangkok prior to joining a residency program and exhibition in the city. Visiting Thailand for the first time, I needed to create and present a new body of work. I had two weeks to conduct my research. Trying to figure out what to do, I decided to take a bike taxi and explore the city. Along the way, I noticed that I would often encounter the gaze of people who, like myself, were sitting idly on the back seat of a bike taxi. The streets were filled with motorbikes running at slightly different speeds. Just like the Doppler effect, the motorbikes would come close and then drift away."

"In Japan, where I live, it’s rare to catch the eye of a passerby; yet in this city I exchanged glances with hundreds and thousands of people. I wondered why I had caught their attention, figuring that it was probably because I looked like a typical tourist. I gradually started to think about collecting images of those glances. My camera seemed to be the ideal tool for getting closer to that strange feeling of receiving glances without physically connecting with them." (read more here)

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