Tokyo Midnight


ISBN: 978-0-648414-00-1 Format: Hardback ( 315 x 305mm) 96pp Rights: World Release / Publication Date: 01 /10 /2022
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Tokyo Midnight explores the Asian megalopolis, and the ways Tokyo comes to life between dusk and dawn in a futuristic neonscape, a time when the natural light disappears, and the artificial light takes over.

The images were photographed by Kip Scott in early 2019 and early 2020 (just before the Covid 19 pandemic exploded), the year the original Blade Runner film was set, and as such interrogate the commercial nature of urban utopias while celebrating the technical and creative sophistication of the East, as to opposed to the rapidly diminishing global dominance of the West.

The beguiling photographs are accompanied by a moving essay on her home town Tokyo by Katherine Tamiko Arguile, author of The Things She Owned and Meshi, published by Affirm.

‘Life passes and buildings decay; nothing stays the same. Kip Scott’s portrait of my vibrant home city at night illuminates these liminal moments and spaces, corners of the city on the cusp of change. His images hint at the ura that lies the other side of the omote, encapsulating the entire glorious vastness of the city, with its beauty and its ugliness, its dark and its light, a place that seems forever on the cusp of day and night.’  Katherine Tamiko Arguile, author of Meshi: A personal history of Japanese food

Kip Scott is a Melbourne-based photographer and video artist. He is a graduate of RMIT’s Bachelor of Arts (Photography). His artistic investigations cover urban exploration, architecture and video and has been awarded the San Pellegrino Cafe Society Photography in 2013 and Dockland Summer Shorts Video Prize in 2015.He has exhibited at Field 36 Gallery, 45 Downstairs, Fox Gallery, and the Roslyn Smorgon Gallery at Footscray Community Arts Centre. He was commissioned by the City of Maribyrnong to photograph the Melbourne suburb of Footscray in 2016. The series Abandoned India from his solo exhibition was accompanied by the publication of a photographic book of the same name (Transit Lounge 2016). His other publications comprise F5: Footscray in transition (2016), Chittagong Steel (2018), Lost and Found: the mansions of Bengal and Bangladesh (2019). His work has been further published in Owl Farm, Bharat Times, India Link and Photo Dust.