Photographer Takashi Homma on Bach, punk and working with ‘no preparation’

Photographer Takashi Homma on Bach, punk and working with ‘no preparation’

‘Through the lens’ is our monthly series that throws the spotlight on photographers who are Wallpaper* contributors. Here we explore Takashi Homma’s vision further

Working with Takashi Homma is a refreshing reminder of what it’s like to let photographs speak for themselves. One of the leaders in his field, the Japanese photographer has built an impressive career on a straightforward, understated vision. Homma received the 1998 Kimura Ihei Award for his formative series Tokyo Suburbia, has published multiple photography books, and has staged solo shows across three museums in Japan. He was born and raised in Tokyo, and his more personal work observes urban life, documenting stories that are narrated through the city’s inhabitants and environment.  

For Wallpaper’s March 2022 issue, we paired Homma with rising star Japanese artist Kazuhito Kawai, whose work seeks out the ‘ugly beauty’ in ceramic art. Homma captured Kawai in his Kasama studio where the artist was applying the finishing touches to a new series of kaleidoscopic creations for an exhibition at Steve Turner Gallery, LA.

 a ceramic work in progress
Kazuhito Kawai ceramics photographed by Takashi Homma
Top: Kazuhito Kawai photographed by Takashi Homma in the artist’s Kasama studio. He is holding a collapsed ceramic piece. Above: a ceramic work in progress

Wallpaper*: Describe your style and process

Takashi Homma: To create fashion and architectural photography from a documentary perspective.

W*: Tell us how you brought your way of working to this shoot with Kazuhito Kawai

TH: I went to his studio and shot what attracted me at the time. There was no preparation.

W*: What do you think is the most interesting thing happening within photography now?

TH: Exchanging only data, rather than physical prints, and to be a photographer who doesn’t shoot.

W*: What’s on your radar?

TH: Music. From Bach to punk, grunge, ambient. Every kind of music.

W*: What’s next for you this year?

TH: I think that after the pandemic is over, people will start moving again and something new will happen, I hope. §

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