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)
Update Nov 2020: Emily Allchurch is pleased to announce the completion of two new artworks inspired by Utagawa Hiroshige’s ‘One Hundred Famous Views of Edo’.
These new digital collages recreate two woodblock prints from Hiroshige’s masterpiece, ‘One Hundred Famous Views of Edo’ (1856-58), forming a contemporary perspective using Allchurch’s own photographs taken in Shizuoka Prefecture. Captured in these images are Koi carp streamers, flown to celebrate Children’s Day, the fishing grounds of Bentenjima, and the majestic Mount Fuji viewed from across Suruga Bay.
An edition of 30 archival pigment prints on A4 Hahnemühle photo rag paper are being offered for sale as part of Matthew Burrow’s Artist Support Pledge iniative.
Picture Window (after Hiroshige) 2020
Spring Festival (after Hiroshige) 2020
Image size: 19 x 27 cm
Archival pigment print on A4 Hahnemühle photo rag paper
£200 each + VAT and postage
Launched by Matthew Burrows MBE in March 2020, ‘Artist Support Pledge’ has generated well over £20 million for artists and makers across the globe who have found themselves without work or exhibitions, and diminished sales, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The scheme offers the unique opportunity to buy artworks up to the value of £200 directly from artists to help support them through this uncertain time. Once an artist makes sales of £1000 they commit to buying a piece of art from another artist for £200, and so on.
(Please note that they are also available in an edition of 10 + 2 APs in the usual larger sizes and formats, as part of her regular presentation and pricing, outside of the ASP scheme.)
Tokyo Story (after Hiroshige).pdf
Francis Hodgson: Tokyo Story.pdf
Camilla Brown: Photomonitor Review.pdf