Takashi Homma: Tokyo Olympia

“Tokyo Olympia” is a continuation and reinterpretation of Takashi Homma’s seminal book Tokyo Suburbia. Over six years Homma photographed the ever-changing Tokyo landscape and the unchanging Tokyo cityscape in preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The book features images that capture the sheer scale of the megalopolis of Tokyo. One of the sites is the old National Stadium showing it’s transformation to the new National Stadium or the Tsukiji Market just before the relocation to Toyosu Market, the ever-changing buildings and vast vacant lots of Tokyo Bayside.
Takashi Homma is one of the most internationally recognised Japanese photographers active at the front lines of contemporary photography today. Homma’s photography, possessing a uniquely cool gaze that rejects any sentimentality and portrays its subject with a characteristic sense of distance and cool tonality, has received acclaim not only in the world of photography but also contemporary art. Homma, who started out in advertising and fashion magazines in the late 1980s, moved to London in the early 90s taking work for legendary cultural magazines like i-D, and came to know there a few photographers who produced their own works by diverse methods. Upon his return to Japan, while making magazine media his foundation as a photographer representative of the 90s, his own photographic works capturing the landscape and people of Tokyo’s suburbs were published together in Tokyo Suburbia which was awarded the Kimura Ihei Commemorative Photography Award in 1999. Since then, he has continued to exhibit his innovative work both overseas and domestically and attracted subsequent generations of photographers.

About the Author

Takashi Homma (b.1962) is a Japanese photographer born and based in Tokyo. He studied photography at Nihon University College of Art, and left in 1984 to take a job as an in-house photographer at a Tokyo advertising agency. In 1991 he moved to London for two years to work as a photographer for i-D Magazine.
Homma’s work examines the nuances of Tokyo’s suburban districts, its urban centre, its surrounding landscapes, and its people. Homma’s pictures tell a tender and discreet story of Tokyo discourse. He observes and documents sterile contemporary architecture, well-groomed highways, hidden rooftop gardens, desolate chain restaurants, quiet car parks, stray teenagers, children at play, objects in a home, snow-capped mountains and hypnotic seas.
Homma has published several photography books throughout his career. In 1999 he was awarded a Kimura Ihei Commemorative Photography Award for his project, ‘Tokyo Suburbia’ (1998), his formative work now considered a classic.

A portrait of Takashi Homma

Hardcover: 100 pages
Publisher: Nieves (January 16, 2024)
Language: English
Size: 8.5 x 2.5 x 11.25 inches
Weight: 5.75 pounds
ISBN-10: 3907179684
ISBN-13: 978-3907179680

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