Yusuke Takagi’s first photobook published by AKINA BOOKS “Kagerou” available now!
RPS is now ready to take online orders for Takagi Yusuke’s book, “Kagerou”. Yusuke was one of participants for 2016 photo book an object workshop by Jan Rosseel and Yumi Goto.
This dummybook won Special Prize in FUAM International Istanbul Photobook Dummy Award 2017 and it’s been published in a limited edition of 250 by Akina Books.
RPS gallery is now showing Yusuke Takagi’s exhibition until March 21st, through this time you’ll be able to get a complimentary print in B6 size, archival single black tone print on the paper Yusuke used for his dummy, signed for both print and book.
80 pages B/W
17,5 x 20cm
Linen Book cloth with tipped-in picture
Offset printing on Munken Pure
Printed in Turkey
Published by AKINA Books
“Kagerou: the heat haze, a lake in the desert, decay heat powered by the nuclear radiation, invisible, pervasive. It was 12 March 2011. The day after Fukushima nuclear disaster, I woke up in a shrouded Tokyo: the cityscape looked blurred and twisted. Nobody else seemed to notice: for 37 million people it was business as usual. Compared to the visible devastation of the tsunami, the invisible hazard of contamination seemed to belong to another world.
The ghostly exclusion zone surrounding Fukushima Daiichii nuclear plant felt more real, the danger was showing its consequences. The nature was starting to reclaim the town. it felt like walking in a floating world painting, everything was silent.
Two years later I had a beautiful son. With his mother, we are still wondering the effect of radiation while exposed in her womb.”
In the wake of Fukushima Daiichi meltdown, Yusuke Takagi’s Kagerou faces the fears of the nuclear era, interweaving pregnancy and fatherhood in a transfigured Tokyo with the landscapes of the Zone and the portraits of people who decided not to leave.
“Is the image of Kagerou just a illusion, or the nuclear heat haze was showing the true nature of things?” Life goes on, no matter whether you are in Tokyo, Yokohama or Fukushima, we are at the mercy of politics and fate”
Basic Concept: developed in the 2017 photobook as an object workshop in collaboration with Reminders Photography Stronghold
Concept, storyline and Art direction by Yumi Goto
© Yusuke Takagi, 2018 All Rights Reserved
Price: 9,160 JPY (plus shipping fee, PayPal check out already added shipping fee to the destination)
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