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Tokyo is a visual journey through a city at once futuristic and obsolete, its visionary design worn out – like that of a past era. Swedish photographer Johansson uses photography to index the city, finding form and pragmatic order through accumulation and sequence, revealing the city's hidden logic: lego-like segments, a basic square unit repeated indefinitely and in various sizes. These images are unpeopled, showing only the architecture of the city, a container of 13 million people, organised around mass movement and the funnelling of human traffic. Between the concrete, glass and steel, the occasional green life sprouts – miniature gardens in the narrow alleyways, or a cluster of flower pots lining the sidewalk. The architecture creates its own topography, and the city is glimpsed as the last outpost of a fading, mechanised world.
About the Photographer:
Born in 1945, in Örebro, Sweden, Gerry Johansson now lives and works in Höganäs, in south Sweden. He developed an interest in photography during his teen years and moved to New York in the early 1960s. He later studied graphic design at Konstindustriskolan (today the School of Design and Crafts at the University of Gothenburg), working in graphic design for fifteen years. Since the mid-1980s he has worked as a freelance photographer. His first solo exhibition was at the Fotografiska Museet at the Moderna Museet in 1982. He released several photobooks in a series of geographically focused publications starting with Amerika, 1998, and followed by Sverige, 2005, Kvidinge, 2007, Ulan Bator, 2009, Pontiac, 2011, Deutschland (2012), Öglunda (2012), Antarktis (2014) and Tokyo (2015)
Published in 2016 by only photography, Berlin
First Edition of 1200 copies, 2016
Edition Numbers 101-500 are signed and numbered
This copy: 248/500
Book Design by Greger Ulf Nilson
160 pages, 24 cm x 29,4 cm
95 black & white plates
Clothbound hardcover with tipped-in image