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In Summer 2019, thirteen students of the ECAL Master Photography programme supervised by Milo Keller traveled to Japan to develop thirteen personal projects in collaboration with Japanese photographer Taisuke Koyama in the framework of the Tokyo Photographic Research project. From still and moving images to computer-generated photographic visuals, students’ artworks explore a wide variety of aspects of the Japanese megalopolis that, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, was once again, undergoing major transformations in preparation for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. Some projects focus on concrete aspects of the city, from the destruction of small residential houses to the construction of the gigantic Olympic Village and the conquest of new territories by the sea. Other works investigate particularities of Japanese culture such as food in a family setting, the desire to generate humanoid robots, the confusion of child and adult worlds in manga, the Pachinko gambling, the reinvention of ikebana and the rising stars among young girls. Finally, works seek to visualize more abstract concepts such as loneliness, emptiness and intimacy in a city that, by its density, size and power, embraces a challenging, fascinating and extremely stimulating complexity for the eyes of the thirteen photographers.

Publication year: 2020
Published by: ECAL/Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne
Edited by: Milo Keller
Texts: -
Language: English / Japanese
Graphic design: Thomas Le Provost
Pages: 111
Photographies: 111
Images: 111
Dimensions: N/A
Weight: 310 g
ISBN: 978-2-9701356-5-4


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