@ Tomiya, Masako



Publisher's presentation:

"Masako Tomiya is a photographer originally from the region of Aomori, north Japan. She has lived in Tokyo for years, and one day, she received news that her sister and sister-in-law, who live near her hometown, were both pregnant. This news inspired Tomiya’s series Kito, a reflection on identity, family, transmission and the passing of time.

Kito means « homeward » in Japanese. Inverted, « toki » takes on a completely different meaning « time ». In her poetic series, Tomiya plays with this dual sense. Her reflective photographic journey is undertaken with a subtle meditation on nature, and its seasonal transformation, alongside a representation of human life through women. Tomiya stages self-portraits and captures the daily lives of her mother, sisters and new-borns, to explore how her sense of home has altered with time.

« I’ve lived my life asking myself
“What am I? What is this world?”
For a long time, I wandered without answers, and before I knew it I was older.
Had time flown by, or was it all a dream resembling a memory?
This story transcends time and meaning and self
by staring down the idea of “myself. »

           -- Masako Tomiya "

Essay in French, English & Japanese by Masako Tomiya.

Design by Bureau Kayser.

Cover artwork by Satsuki Shibuya.

80 pages - Hardcover

Chose Commune, 2017

Format : 22 x 27 cm

New - Mint condition

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Tomiya, Masako

Masako Tomiya started photography during her high school years, and then studied in Osaka and Tokyo in the 2000s. From that time she began taking pictures of the Tsugaru area where she was born. Tomiya wonders what is the most important thing in this era of continuous change. To transmit this question to the next generation, she will be based in Japan and will continue to express herself by taking pictures.
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