Hands of Tokyo, Caroline Grimprel
HANDS OF TOKYO
Between 2020 and 2023, the french photographer Caroline Grimprel use the advantage of western phones, making no snapshot noise when used unlike Japanese ones, to secretly take pictures of subway passenger's hands.
More than a simple collection of pictures, snapshots of the commuters of the COVID era are framed to show no faces with traumatic face masks, neither intruding the privacy of face recognition.
About the Tokyo's subway as inspiration, we find here a more relaxed atmosphere than "Tokyo Compression" (by Michael Wolf), with a space here for personal distraction and a larger framing revealing more social context in clothes and accessories. Also, the book is more like a piece of time like SHIBUYA 1999" (by Mike Nogami and Masami Takahashi), the reflection of cultural and societal habits and apparence of passengers will identify in some decades the time we see as present.
In the actual time of never ending hate, violence, and wars you'll find here a quick meeting with non-judgmental people, and for a short moment a bubble of comfort and peace, ...just the time of a commute.
A pleasant, handy (12x16cm) and very portable book, with quality print and binding.
Ideal for Japan archive collectors, social photography lovers and last minute gift in any season.
All books sold on our store are signed by the photographer.
Book informations :
Title : Hands of Tokyo
Photographs : Caroline Grimprel
Design : Joanna Starck
Publisher : Simple Editions
Hard cover, 108 pages
Print : Full offset
Size (in mm) : 120 Width x 164 High
Limited edition of 500
ISBN : 978-2-9582481-2-3