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Ryuji Miyamoto : “Cardboard Houses” Series (Photography)

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“All I can do is train my eyes and keep watching the world
as it goes on changing, scene after scene, again and again.”

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‘Tokyo’
silver-gelatin print
16 x 20 in
1994
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‘Yokohama’
silver-gelatin print
16 x 20 in
1996
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‘Tokyo’
silver-gelatin print
16 x 20 in
1995
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‘Osaka’
silver-gelatin print
16 x 20 in
1994
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‘Tokyo’
silver-gelatin print
16 x 20 in
1994
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‘London’
silver-gelatin print
16 x 20 in
1994
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‘Tokyo’
silver-gelatin print
16 x 20 in
1995
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‘Tokyo’
silver-gelatin print
16 x 20 in
1995
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‘Tokyo’
silver-gelatin print
16 x 20 in
1994
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Ryuji Miyamoto’s series of photographs called ‘Cardboard Houses’ depicts the living spaces created by the city’s organized homeless. The project began in the late 1980s but came to full fruition in the mid-1990s, just as Japan suffered from an economic crisis and the homeless population of Tokyo grew rapidly. Miyamoto is mainly known as an architectural photographer which might explain why he concentrated on the structures created by the organized homeless, rather then the homeless themselves. His cardboard houses are a typology of structures reminiscent of the ‘Water Towers’ by Bernd and Hilla Becher. Even his choice of black and white film, plate camera and silver gelatin printing techniques are an homage to the New Objectivity propagated by the Bechers. The view is supposed to be detached, objective, straight, uncompromising and cold. The images are meant to be documents that might inform the viewer on the cardboard chosen for the shacks or where the shacks have been built. Ryuji observed that the houses are predominantly located in the cracks that the megalopolis Tokyo supplies in abundance. While Becher’s water towers are fully exposed to light, space and the lens of the camera, Ryuji’s cardboard houses are usually next to, under or in between structures. [VCB]

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Ryuji Miyamoto : Michael Hoppen Gallery

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1 Response to “Ryuji Miyamoto : “Cardboard Houses” Series (Photography)”


  1. September 18, 2012 at 2:54 am

    Estarrecedor! …. Appalling!


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