Naohiko Tokuhira is a Japanese photographer based in Kobe. He has recently published his second monograph Utakatado Publishing entitled A Winter Journey through. He uses photography to examine the Japanese people using a visual language that every Japanese person would sympathize with.
It’s been four years since Blue Roses (aka Laura Groves) first enchanted us with her eponymous self-titled debut album. She’s been quiet in the last couple years but finally came back as main vocalist for London-based collaborative band Nautic (with producer Bullion and Young Turks labelmate Tic) at the end of last year.
If you’re after fashion and photography books in London, you’d be pleased to visit Claire de Rouen Books on Charing Cross Road. Occupying an extremely tiny space above a sex shop, they have a broad selection of rare, out-of-print, signed and collector editions books. The bookshop also runs a programme of reading list events called […]
To declare publicly your fascination with carousels may not sound cool if you are an adult. But I’d like do it in the form of my ongoing project, Merry’s Mood, a project in which I attempt to visualize the ambivalence of this popular amusement ride. I played around with focus on purpose to reveal a […]
I had the pleasure to befriend English singer-songwriter Alessi’s Ark when I was in London last summer. At age 23, she has already released three LPs. Her latest, The Still Life, came out via Bella Union this April. While her floating voice is intact, she has successfully broadened her sound with ethnic instruments and contemporary […]
New York-based photographer Dina Litovsky recently visited Japan for her solo exhibition Untag This Photo at Gallery Tanto Tempo, Kobe. Litovsky examines social performances and group interactions in both public and private spaces. She has won many awards, including this year’s PDN Photo Annual for her latest project, Bachelorette’. She’s also shooting regularly for publications […]
I first photographed Japanese folk duo Humbert Humbert at Celtic Connections 2011 in the UK. Despite it being their first ever show outside of Japan, their folk/country/Japanese nursery rhyme-inspired music received a rapturous reception.
I’m one of the contributors to the artistic collective I Scream Factory, founded by Alexandra Plesner (Dazed & Confused/Satellite Voices). These images I took for the collective are my attempt to visualize the evanescence of ice cream with a scent of nostalgia and longing for childhood. I love the fact that we explore perceptions of life through the medium of ice cream by delving into the metaphorical possibilities of the product.
Remember Remember are a Glasgow-based instrumental band. Their kaleidoscopic and meticulously-constructed layers of sound have been my constant source of inspiration ever since their first LP came out in 2008. I especially love listening to Remember Remember while I’m on a train.
Having lived in Europe for seven years, Japanese artist Aoki Takamasa, whose music work has been endorsed by the likes of Ryuichi Sakamoto and Thom Yorke, returned to Japan last year. Earlier this month, I attended the opening party of his third photography exhibitionheld at Bloom Gallery in Osaka. I found his landscapes particularly interesting. They are somewhat detached and seem as if taken by an alien with everlasting curiosity.
I had the pleasure to befriend Osaka-based photographer, Shinryo Saeki, last month. He showed me his monograph, Aisatsu (Greetings), which was published by Akaaka Art Publishing. I was instantly smitten with his powerful visual language. Each of his images speaks boldly and touches on life and death with a unique sense of humour.
I recently shot a Japanese band called Taffy for the British Music magazine, NME. It’s not rare for Japanese bands to sing in English, but ironically, few of them manage to have their music heard outside of Japan. However, Taffy are an exception. Their shoegaze and Britpop-influenced sound has really caught the eye of the […]