Study of the Tokyo Cathedral

St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1964, Tokyo
Kenzo Tange

The structure of steel and concrete, supposedly heavy but in fact deprived of physicality. The Tokyo Cathedral’s nature is not that of a building on the ground, but of a frame which leads one’s gaze toward the sky, like in a prayer.

This photographic study has a particular narrative. No photograph is ‘not in focus’ for the focus is always on something, even if such is not visible in the frame of the photograph. The subjects in focus here are either the sky or the space nearest to the spectator. The structure of the cathedral becomes the foreground or background outline for what is seen – an empty space filled with air and light. The photographs of the bell tower function as anchor points leading the gaze toward the sky.



archival pigment prints, silver gelatine fibre based prints, dimensions variable