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Japan, In Praise of Shadows
2011

"Twenty years ago, reading In Praise of Shadows by Jun'ichiro Tanizaki led me to travel to Japan to carry out an illustrated report. I left, thinking I would work with minimalism and outlines. My exile and my status of gaijin, stranger, made me understand that I was not invited to celebrate the archetypes dear to the Japanese culture, neither there nor anywhere else, but to take up the modest role of a passer-by, enjoying the light, the grain of the material, the lightness of the air, and their unexpectedness.
This pure pleasure of an aesthetic which believes that “beauty is not only in the thing itself but in the pattern of the shadows”, as Tanizaki puts it, is what is still haunting me today."

Pierre Olivier Deschamps

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