Eiji Ohashi - Photographs London Wednesday, May 15, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    E. Ohashi, Roadside Lights, Tokyo: Zen Foto, n.p.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The ever-present vending machine is a staple of Japanese landscape and can be found alongside nearly every road, illuminating the streets at night. One winter night, Eiji Ohashi was caught in a snowstorm and it was only with the help of these glowing appliances that he managed to navigate his way home. Since then he has travelled around his home country to photograph vending machines, resulting in his ongoing Roadside Lights series. ‘[The vending machines] work tirelessly, whether it is day or night, but once their sales drop, they are taken away,’ notes Ohashi, ‘If they do not glow and shine, they will stop existing. There might be something human about them.’ He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Moscow International Foto Awards (2016), photo-eye Best Books (2017) and the Special Photographer Award at the 34th Higashikawa Awards (2018).



Roadside Lights #001

Chromogenic print, flush-mounted.
Image: 100.5 x 152 cm (39 5/8 x 59 7/8 in.)
Frame: 110 x 162 cm (43 1/4 x 63 3/4 in.)

Signed and dated in ink, printed title, date and number 2/2 on an artist label affixed to the reverse of the frame. Accompanied by a signed Certificate of Authenticity.

This work is number 2 from the sold-out edition of 2 + 1 AP. This image is sold out in all sizes and editions.

£10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for £20,000

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London Auction 16 May 2019