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Pierfrancesco Celada December 1, 2014

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Japan.
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Shibuya Station, Tokyo 2011

Pierfrancesco Celada (b.1979, Italy) has a PhD in Bio Mechanics but is currently working as a freelance photographer. In 2011 he  interned at Magnum Photo and won the Ideastap and Magnum Photographic Award for his project Japan, I wish I knew your name, his current book project. Pierfrancesco’s work has been exhibited internationally and published in Newsweek, Times Lightbox, Amica, D-LaRepubblica. He is currently working on the second chapter of Modern Megalopolis: People Mountain People Sea about  life in Chinese Mega-cities.

About the Photograph:

“The Japanese megalopolis is a strip of land that stretches on the east side of Honshu Island through Kobe, Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo. More then 80 million people live in close contact, making it one of the most densely populated regions in the world. This photo was shot outside Shibuya station in Tokyo, a few hundreds meters away from the well-known Shibuya crossing. Behind the glass is a smoking area where thousands of commuters stop for a cigarette. The space is narrow and the chances for interaction are high, but people choose not to interact.”

“My goal was to look at the difference between rural societies where people have more of an active role, with multiple connections and greater effect on the community compared to cities where people often struggle to communicate with each other. The aim of the project is trying to answer questions such as: Is it still important to be, or feel, part of a group? Are we alone in the crowd? My book project Hitoride is currently being featured on the crowd funding site indeastap”