In over two years of work, Nicola Tanzini strived to capture the essence of the Tsukiji fish market in an unprecedented guise, focusing on the moment when the working day comes to an end just before the market closes, when everything finally slows down and the dealers can stop the frenetic activity that has kept them on the go since before dawn.
Writes curator Benedetta Donato: “as a very knowledgeable connoisseur of Japanese life and the city of Tokyo in particular, Nicola Tanzini identified Tsukiji as a pretext and the most suitable context for setting his narrative about life, tuning into a precise moment in time, in the specific dimension when it is suspended in mid-air between a dominant chaos, physical effort and mental stress”.
Published by Contrasto the book is made of 200 pages with more than 130 images, in Italian, English, French and Japanese, divided into eight sections, each one corresponding to one of the various phases of the working day in the market as identified by Nicola Tanzini, ranging from the moment when dealers leave the market to cleaning operations, from the dealers’ daily accounting operations to the close of trading and from the breaks snatched by salesmen and their moments of relaxation to the details of the place and portraits of the people working there.
For this project, Nicola Tanzini used a Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) with a Leica M Summicron 35mm f/2.0 lens.
Hardcover: 200 pages
Publisher: Contrasto (April 2, 2019)
Language: English, French, Italian and Japanese
Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 10.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
Nicola Tanzini (b. Pisa, 1964) has been an entrepreneur and photographer for over thirty years. His research is mainly inspired by the movement of humanist photography, focusing on behavior, everyday situations, and human nature, in what the author considers his natural environment: the road. He founded Street Diaries, a constantly-evolving project focused on street photography, which is nourished thanks to the numerous journeys made by the author around the world and which so far has documented places such as London, Dublin, San Francisco, and many more. Tokyo: Tsukiji is his first monograph.
Editor Benedetta Donato is an independent curator. She is the president of the cultural association pianoBI, for which she curated and produced several photographic projects. She collaborates with contemporary art galleries, institutions, and art events, and contributes frequently to Il Fotografo magazine, for which she interviews the stars of international photography.