Tokyo Story pays homage to Utagawa Hiroshige’s (1797-1858) last great work the One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (1856-58). Hiroshige’s series was made at a time of huge upheaval in Japan, induced by both the threat and opportunity of Western imperialism. This poetic series of Edo meisho (famous places of old Tokyo) indirectly reflects upon this moment of rapid change and the subsequent pressure on the environment and cultural heritage. Transposing his distinctive techniques of abstraction, vivid colouring and composition into photography, Tokyo Story is Emily’s own record of the city from a contemporary perspective. Shot on location in Tokyo, she visited many of the locations depicted in Hiroshige’s ‘views’ and the resulting composite images reveal a gentle social narrative for the city today.
All the works are in an edition of 10 + 2 APs and available in two formats: Transparency on bespoke LED Lightbox (Edition of 4. Image size: 116.4 x 81.5 cm) and Framed Archival Photographic Print (Edition of 6. Image size: 85 x 60 cm)