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Tokyo Sans Humans: Masataka Nakano's Almost 30-Year Photo Collection of a Deserted Tokyo

In the city with one of the highest populations in the world, one would be hard-pressed to find a moment wherein there are no people around to capture just the scenery of the place with its architecture, streets, and foliage.

For almost 30 years, Masataka Nakano has been doing just that in order to take photos of a seemingly deserted Tokyo, waiting for that one moment when all the people have gone and all that could be seen in his frame is the stillness of the landscape.

The face of Tokyo has rapidly changed over the last several decades and as the Tokyo 2020 Olympics approach, the rate of change has only accelerated. Which is why Nakano chose to now release a photobook looking back on all his past work.
Simply titled “TOKYO” (published 9/1/2019 and available through Tsutaya), the book traces a changing city but relies only on the vibrant streets and architecture.

(Image credit: Masataka Nakano)


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