Melbourne-based photographer Tom Blachford‘s project Nihon Noir is pure eye candy for Blade Runner fans and neo-noir buffs. Blachford went on a week-long excavation to scope out Tokyo’s night scenes, gaining access to rooftops and stairwells to reach impossible angles that capture the Japanese capital city’s sinister allure.
Without relying on image editing, Blachford manages to present Tokyo’s hyper-saturated color palette and futuristic, almost clinically orderly architecture. “My goal for the series was to communicate the feeling that struck me the first time I visited Tokyo, that somehow you have been transported to this advanced and amazing parallel universe,” says Blachford. “I wanted to inject some mystery into the city and have the images be as confusing and mysterious as the place feels to me every time I visit.”
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A box, about the size of a cabinet card, labelled “Theater of Love”. Opening it, there were about 150 photographic prints inside. They must have been taken around ʼ65. Back then, I was clicking away on an Olympus Pen F, experimenting with thermal development, fooling around with printing and film developing techniques. The photos capture me, and the women and the life and the places of that era. Seems like I already called them “Theater of Love” in those days. But either way ̶ good stuff. Good photos. You canʼt get this with digital.”
(Nobuyoshi Araki, December 2010, from the Taka Ishii Gallery press release)
The series “Theater of Love” consists of around 100 photographs taken around the year 1965, when Araki was working at advertising giant Dentsu. The photos were first shown at an exhibition at Taka Ishii Gallery in February 2011. For the opening of CASE TOKYO, Case is proud to announce an exhibition featuring each of Nobuyoshi Arakiʼs original “Theater of Love” prints, and the…