Monday, March 22, 2010

Tokyo Untitled.

Tokyo Untitled. Photographs by Renato D'Agostin. MC2 Gallery Edizioni, 2009. 88 pp., 46 duotone illustrations, 9¼x13".

Italian photographer Renato D'Agostin has exhibited his photographs in Italy, Europe and the US and has had a few books with his work published.

The book 'Tokyo Untitled' is described like this by Eikoh Hosoe and Ralph Gibson, who has written its afterwords:

"In 'Tokyo Untitled' D’Agostin isolates himself in the geometries of the Japanese city.

He narrates his journey through his experience of the street, describing with the language of abstract images, charged of deep blacks and sharp edges. Dislocating subjects from their realities, D'Agostin depicts his perception of the space around him, the relationship between the city's architecture and its people, and their interferences.

This is emphasized in Tokyo, according to D'Agostin, where he has no reference or connection with the external world, and his sense of disconnection brings him to a discovery of the unseen.

'Tokyo Untitled' photographs bring me back to the destroyed Tokyo as it appeared right after the war ended. It may be totally impossible for young Renato to imagine that his 'Tokyo Untitled' reminds me of such tragic images as Tokyo's air raid attack which happened 64 years ago."

"These images are the thinnest possible slices of inconceivable urban density. Slices so thin that they must be measured in fractions of light, tiny microscopic moments of DNA in time taken from the huge archeology of a true metropolis."

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