This catalogue, co-published with the Aperture Foundation on occasion of the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s exhibition ‘Excavating the Future City: Photographs by Naoya Hatakeyama’ (March 4 - July 22, 2018), provides a comprehensive overview of the Japanese photographer’s wide-ranging career.
Divided into five chapters (“Birth/Genesis”, “Visible/Invisible”, “Trans/Flux”, “Real/Model” and “Death/Rebirth”), the book presents 24 of Hatakeyama’s series, ranging from labyrinthian city shots to high-speed captures of exploding quarries and documentations of the damage done by the 2011 Tsunami. In addition to essays by Yasufumi Nakamori, Toyo Ito and Hatakeyama himself (all in English), each chapter offers introductory texts for each series and a wealth of quotes from Hatakeyama.
“There are various kinds of desires that make us want to take photographs, but we cannot deny that one of them is a desire to capture the world in our hands. In other words, a desire to transform the vast world in front of us into a size small enough to carry around so that we can take it out when we want to view it.”