Takashi Arai - Photographs London Wednesday, May 15, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Catalogue Essay

    Since the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake that triggered a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, Takashi Arai has continued to photograph Fukushima using the daguerreotype process as part of his Daily D-type Project, which he had begun earlier that same year. Aiming to record the effect of this disaster on daily life in Fukushima, Arai renders his own perspective onto small metallic plates, measuring 6.3 x 6.3 cm. The nine unique daguerreotypes, presented here, were selected by the artist and together reveal a personal narrative of daily life in present day Fukushima. The eerie blue, resulting from intentionally overexposing the plate, casts a ghostly atmosphere over the seemingly deserted scenes. Arai’s work has been exhibited internationally in numerous museums, including Yokohama Museum of Art and SFMOMA, and resides at Tokyo Photographic Art Museum; MEP, Paris; Musée Guimet, Paris; and MFA, Boston.



Fukushima, 2016-2017 from Daily D-type Project

Polyptych, comprising nine unique daguerreotypes.
Each plate: 6.3 x 6.3 cm (2 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.)
Frame: 36.5 x 36.5 cm (14 3/8 x 14 3/8 in.)

Signed, titled and dated in ink on the reverse of the mount. Accompanied by a signed Certificate of Authenticity.

This work is unique.

£10,000 - 15,000 

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London Auction 16 May 2019