Naoki Honjo - Photographs London Wednesday, May 18, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    N. Honjo, Small Planet, Little More, 2006, n.p.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Naoki Honjo explores a new way of seeing by manipulating the rules of perspective without the use of digital technology. Using tilt-shift photography, Honjo swivels the film plate of his large-format camera to create a shallow, diagonal depth of field and blurred zones that characterise his images. The present photograph, a bird’s-eye view of Ikebukuro at night, was taken by Honjo from the top floor of the skyscraper Sunshine 60. Evoking a whirlpool of lights, this early work from his first series Small Planet forces the viewer to challenge expected notions of spatial relationship and perspective.

    Honjo was awarded the prestigious Kimura Ihei Commemorative Photography Award in 2006 and participated in the 2008 group exhibition Reality Check: Truth and Illusion in Contemporary Photography at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. His works reside in a number of collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, which holds another print of the present work.



Tokyo Japan from Small Planet

Chromogenic print, flush-mounted.
Image: 85.8 x 108.8 cm (33 3/4 x 42 7/8 in.)
Frame: 126 x 150 cm (49 5/8 x 59 in.)

Signed in Japanese in ink, printed title, date and number AP1 on an artist label affixed to the reverse of the frame. Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

This work is AP1 from the sold-out edition of 5 + 2 AP.

£7,000 - 9,000 

Sold for £7,500

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London Auction 19 May 2016