The Narcissistic City
The Narcissistic City by Takashi Homma. First edition (2016). First impression in new condition. Flat signed by Homma to front end page. No markings. This is a new book. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
About The Narcissistic City
Takashi Homma uses fragments collected in camera obscura constructed in metropolitan areas of Japan and the US to build a city image by image. Homma does not seek to index any particular city but to 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. The narcissistic city is a city transfixed upon its own image – a mirror city, laced with repetition and reflections. A city looking at its reflection, a city caught in a dark chamber, a city observing its camera obscura inversion – flickering inside the camera’s box.
Takashi Homma (born in Tokyo, 1962) studied photography at Nihon University College of Art but left in 1984 to take a job as an in-house photographer at a Tokyo advertising agency. In 1991, he moved to London to work as a photographer for i-D magazine. In 1999, he was awarded a Kimura Ihei Commemorative Photography Award for the project Tokyo Suburbia (1998). A major retrospective of his work opened at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, in 2010. Homma currently lives in Tokyo.
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