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Jacob Aue Sobol
I, Tokyo

Photographs by Jacob Aue Sobol

Text by Jacob Aue Sobol

Edition Braus, 2008

First German edition


112 pp., 73 b/w illustrations

225 x 320 mm

ISBN 978-3-89904-340-2

Item #2904

1.100 2904 EUR 120.00 Add to Cart

Winner of the Leica European Publishers Award 2008

I came to Tokyo for the first time in the spring of 2006. My girlfriend Sara had got a job there, and so I decided to move with her to explore the city in which she had grown up. It was a society I had never experienced before, one of which I had little knowledge, and to which I had no real sense of attachment.

Though Tokyo and its people seemed unreachable, I felt drawn to the tight and confined reality of the metropolis. My feeling of isolation and loneliness was overwhelming – it was something I had to find a way to change. And so I began taking my pocket camera out with me on the streets and in the parks. Rather than focusing on the impressively tall buildings and the eternal swarm of people, I began searching for the narrow paths and the individual human presence in the city that felt both attractive and repulsive at the same time. I wanted to meet the people, to get involved in the city, to make Tokyo mine.

The pictures in this book are a recording of what I saw and the people I met during the following eighteen months.

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