Book: Tokyo-Yokosuka 1976-1983 | Greg Girard

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Book: Tokyo-Yokosuka 1976-1983 | Greg Girard

450.00

Release date: April 1, 2019
Hardcover 7 x 9.5 inches (17.8 x 24.1 cm)
184 pages
100 color and b/w photographs
Foreword by Christopher Phillips

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As per Greg Girard: ‘While living in Tokyo I also started photographing in Yokosuka, just southwest of Tokyo, home to a sprawling US Navy base and the many bars and clubs clustered nearby. I learned about Yokosuka, and other bases, via the American Forces Far East Network (FEN) radio, at the time the only English language broadcaster in Japan.’

Looking at these pictures now, four decades after they were made, like all “old” photographs they end up as a record no matter what the intentions at the time. But today they also seem to provide a unexpected glimpse of two historical streams passing each other headed in opposite directions: one, the decline of US pre-eminence in the post-war world, particularly in Asia; the other, the emergence of an Asian city, the non-West, as the default for what the future might look like.

‘Girard’s sense that Tokyo was somehow the gateway to the future was intuitively on the mark, however. His arrival came at a time when Japan was on the cusp of an unexpected meta­morphosis.’

–SCMP, 30 June 2019

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