The five photographs re-grouped in Bars were taken in the early morning hours in several Lilliputian cafés tucked away in the neighborhood of Shinjuku, after the last customer has left.
Using a heavy and imposing camera measuring 20 x 25 cm, Takanashi has set out to record their motley interiors, the alignment of bottles of liquor, the film posters, the wall seating…
Everywhere, the imprint of a man who is, nevertheless, absent.
Yutaka Takanashi is a major figure of the self-called, avant-garde movement, “Provoke,” that came to life in the 1960s. The pensive, meditative pessimism that is so characteristic of his work is altogether distinct from the nihilistic rage of a Daido Moriyama. He has published a number of now cult books, among the most famous being Toshi-e (1974), Machi (1977), and Tokyojin (1983).
5 original signed photographs (Dye Destruction prints)
Case made of cardboard
46,2 x 55,8 x 2,7 cm
Limited edition of 20 copies + 6 H.C