Japan, a new book by alum Hiroyuki Ito ('97), publishes a wide array of photos taken during the artist's trip to rediscover his home country. The work was featured in a May 27, 2016 article in Vice. In the artist's own words:
The Japan I saw was full of contradictions: It was ancient and modern, western and eastern, democratic and feudal, peaceful and anarchic, sacred and profane, anonymous and unique—just to name a few. It is a pretty complex character with a lot of charm, and a lot of issues. Opposing forces create dynamic tensions that drive you crazy and keep you going. Going where? I don't know. But the country is forever moving forward and my job is to document its endlessly fascinating paradoxes.
Click here to read the full article and see more of Hiroyuki's images.
The book, Japan, is available for purchase here.
Hiroyuki Ito is an artist and photographer living in NYC. You can follow his work here.