Japanese artist Rumi Ando’s photobook “Tokyo Nude” recreates the architecture of the Japanese megalopolis as an eery yet calming flat canvas composed of geometrical shapes, highly compatible colors and patterns. Removing any visual noise (such as billboards or windows), Ando strips the city down to its architectural essence and offers a work truly focused on Tokyo-the-city in a nude state.
“There are no entrances and no exists, only box-like structures spreading out. All activites are completed in the box, and photos, text, and traces of human consumption activities disappear from the city. Discarding the garment of civilization that humans decorated it with, Tokyo reveals its naked as ‘Tokyo Nude’. Is it a dystopia for people? Is it a utopia for Tokyo?”
— from the artist’s afterword (included in Japanese and English translation)