Reconstruction Shibuya, 2014-2018

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2019, Steidl, 2019. First edition.
Spiral binding in slipcase, 365 x 240 mm, 82 pp., 52 b/w illustrations.
Photographs by Satoshi Hirano. Design by Satoshi Hirano, Holger Feroudj.

Steidl Book Award Japan

This book documents the large-scale redevelopment of the labyrinthine Shibuya train station in the heart of Tokyo’s world-famous shopping district. Although many such ambitious construction projects have been undertaken throughout Japan’s ever-renewing capital in preparation for the Olympic Games in 2021, the work at Shibuya Station is in a particularly dense and active area—the world’s busiest pedestrian crossing (where up to 2,500 people simultaneously traverse the street in five directions) is only a stroll away, while the station’s nine train lines have remained operational throughout renovations. Presenting black-and-white images taken at various times of day and night, Reconstruction is both a collection of stilled moments from this bustling process of transformation and an unconventional portrait of Shibuya.

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