• Tokyo Compression
  • Tokyo Compression
  • Tokyo Compression
  • Tokyo Compression
  • Tokyo Compression
  • Tokyo Compression
  • Tokyo Compression

MICHAEL WOLF »TOKYO COMPRESSION« – selected by QUENTIN BAJAC, SYBREN KUIPER and MARTIN PARR

Quentin Bajac: »A very intelligent, efficient, simple, and not too big photo book, totally adequate in its content and size for what it aims at: original well-defined subject, nicely restrained lay out, fully packed, good claustrophobic pictures with an interesting repetitive viewpoint for a strong visual impact.«

Sybren Kuiper: »There are few photobooks or projects that are so clear and simple in concept, that your mind ›gets it‹ right away and yet it still moves your heart at the same time. The photos in Michael Wolfs Tokyo Compression are so relentless and consistent in their photographic approach that they give the reader all the freedom to see the persons in it. All the people are pressed together in a subway like sardines in a can and all seem to be dead-tired. By being singled out photographically from the mass they normally blend into, they suddenly seem so very vulnerable and so very real, that I want to know the life-stories of every one of them. I feel for them and their everyday struggle. In that way, it is one of the most moving books I’ve seen in a long time. There is one really big problem I have with the book. In my opinion the silly story of the cat at the end has to go.«

Martin Parr: »This tightly edited book showing commuters pressed up against the windows of the Tokyo Metro is a real gem. Wolf conveys a palpable feeling of discomfort and claustrophobia, and this takes him away from his previous work, views of Hong Kong and the housing, which feature in many of his earlier books.«

Michael Wolf
»TOKYO COMPRESSION«
publisher: Peperoni Books | Asia One Books, Berlin | Hongkong 2010
text: Christian Schüle
design: Hannes Wanderer
format: cloth with mounted illustrations, 25.2 × 21.0 CM, 112 PAGES, 77 color reproductions
ISbN (Europe/USA): 978–3–941825–08–8
ISbN (Hongkong): 978–988–18823–7–0

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