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In praise of mad shadows

THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF TOKIHIRO SATO

Robert J. Fouser

TOKIHIRO SATO, Photo-Respiration #87 Shibuya, 1990, 'Tokyo I' group, 20.3 x 25.4"cm negative, gelatin silver print, dimensions variable

‘Such is our way of thinking - we find beauty in the patterns of shadows, the light and the darkness that one thing against another creates'1 is how Junichiro Tanizaki, one of Japan's most famous modern novelists, defined beauty in Japanese architecture in his masterpiece on the subject, In Praise of Shadows. For Tanizaki, good architecture filters real light into a…

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