Gen Sakuma . Go there


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For me, wandering the streets, pointing my camera and pressing the shutter button an what I encounter here, may be quite like how I collected insects as a young child, absorbed in the hunt until past sundown. Instead of the insects I once hunted, now the people and things I encounter throughout the city, are caught in the finder of the camera I hold in place of the insect net, capturing them onto film. I keep walking, in order to come upon such scenes. I walk as if to crawl through Tokyo streets. What does "There" in the title point to? It may be here where we are now, or it may be elsewhere. Who knows wether there is any meaning in continuing this haphazard shooting. But I do believe that in continuing, I may eventually arrive "there". And so I keep walking. 

In the darkroom, I develop the film from scenes I've collected and imprint them onto photographic paper. The act is akin to that of mounting collected insects and creating specimens. As they emerge slowly in the developing fluid, these scenes all feel more mysterious than the moment I encountered them. Just as each insect specimen I created as a child was a singular treasure belonging only to me, the moment these scenes are manifested on the paper as photographs, they become mine alone. Surely, the world unfurling from the accumulation of these scenes is "There", which I had kept on walking towards: still uncertain, but with its contours gradually coming into clear view.

Gen Sakuma (born 1979 in Aichi)

Gen Sakuma is street photographer based on Tokyo. He is taking photograph all over the Tokyo region and he established TAP Gallery in Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Tokyo. A photo book is his compilation of his series of 「Go There」from 2006. He is making this series consistently from his first solo exhibition.

It is little bit different that the scene which he caught through his trademark glasses.

He accumulate the world which take off the land name from the scene by photograph. This visual is the place of his destination that called just there.

this book’s cover was lightly painted photography by silk screen on red fabric and to pressed foil of glasses shape. That’s why It seems Sakuma is dominating the world of this photo book.

Not only cover also a back cover and a spine were painted by red silk. It is completely red.

The beautiful book design and superior printing.This photo book which rosin books can highly recommend with confidence.

Gen Sakuma Go there

roshin books

first edition of 600 copies

80 pages, 67 black & white plates

embossed cloth covered hardcover

H 225mm × W 300mm

text ; Japanese & English

book design ; Katsuya Kato

roshin books 2014

ISBN 978-4-9907230-1-9

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