“THERE IS SOMETHING CRUELER, MORE PRIMAL—ALMOST CHILLY HAPPENING HERE”: FIRST EDITION OF AWARD-WINNING PHOTOGRAPHER TAKASHI HOMMA’S TOKYO CHILDREN
HOMMA, Takashi. Tokyo Children. Tokyo: Little More, 2001. Quarto, original stiff self-wrappers, original photographic dust jacket, original photographic band. $300.
First edition of this photobook by renowned Japanese photographer Homma, with 46 vivid color photographs, a glimpse into the lives of the next generation of children.
Homma is known for “pushing the envelope of the documentary mode and making intelligent photobooks that not only reflect, but also present a point of view about our contemporary civilization”(Parr & Badger, 291). In this volume, he depicts young Tokyo children, of a generation “who are never going to understand your world… who are never going to feel what you felt about the world, nor even really care about you one way or another.” Accompanied by an essay by writer, artist, and sometime Tokyo resident Douglas Coupland, who popularized the term “Generation X.” Text in Japanese and English. From the collection of Peter Turnley, acclaimed photojournalist for Newsweek, Life and Harper’s Magazine, who has covered “almost every important international news event of the last 15 years” (New York Times).