INSIDE JAPAN

november 22nd 2018

exhibition at Galerie 7 rue Saint Claude in Paris 75003 / LIMITED EDITION PRINTS

It also marks the launch of roberto badin’s first book published by benjamin blanck

#insidejapan_project

 116 pages / 81 colour plates  Hardcover / 287 x 265 mm  French / English / JapanesE  press release:  LAURA BARON

116 pages / 81 colour plates

Hardcover / 287 x 265 mm

French / English / JapanesE

press release: LAURA BARON


“With “Inside Japan”, Roberto Badin shatters preconceived ideas about Japanese cities: crowded subways, overpopulated intersections,

saturated with multicolored neon lights.

Roberto Badin invites you to discover the heart of a country full of contrasting tradition and modernity.

Each page is a work of art of the utmost precision. A clear vision. The masterful framing and natural light are meticulous narrators. Despite

the chaos of the metropolis, Roberto Badin captures ordinary life: a quiet daily routine, true, serene, intimate and silent. Lonely at times.”

BENJAMIN BLANCK is an independent publisher of art and photography books.

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When I was a kid, in the middle of 70's, most of my visual references were japanese cartoons and tv series.

Japan was like a distant planet for a long time of my childhood.

For me, it's a calm, silent and lonely country. Far from the “cliché” of the crowd of Shibuya that we often see.

My fascination for Japan stems from the Japanese’s own vision on themselves.

We feel a distance between people, that's what I wanted to convey through my images.

the mportant thing here is the perspective and the personal point of view.

I’m just bringing back what O saw.

However, the frame already presents a bias: an extremely personal act that involves emotion rather than reason.

 The void may be even more striking when we are projected in an scene with a character.

The void may be even more striking when we are projected in an scene with a character.

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 I put my frame and I wait for a character, But I never wait too long, because I believe that image must be made in a target space-time.  otherwise, it means the images was not ready for me.

I put my frame and I wait for a character, But I never wait too long, because I believe that image must be made in a target space-time.

otherwise, it means the images was not ready for me.

 I do not work with a tripod and I bring no artificial light.  What fascinates me is the image as a piece of reality.

I do not work with a tripod and I bring no artificial light.

What fascinates me is the image as a piece of reality.

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 The work of Tadao Ando is a source of inspiration by its forms and by the sobriety of the materials used.  The intention here is to create an imaginative space by means of an abstract image.

The work of Tadao Ando is a source of inspiration by its forms and by the sobriety of the materials used.

The intention here is to create an imaginative space by means of an abstract image.

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 these taxis whose color seems so amazing and original, They have a very particular elegance,  the driver often wears white gloves and sometimes even a kepi.They open the door automatically,without moving from their seat.

these taxis whose color seems so amazing and original, They have a very particular elegance,

the driver often wears white gloves and sometimes even a kepi.They open the door automatically,without moving from their seat.

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 I found this hospital in osaka by pure luck, if luck really exists…  It was busy, as most hospital halls around the world are, but i was invaded by an overwhelming feeling of calm and serenitY. There was a kind of silence that I tried to put in image.

I found this hospital in osaka by pure luck, if luck really exists…

It was busy, as most hospital halls around the world are, but i was invaded by an overwhelming feeling of calm and serenitY. There was a kind of silence that I tried to put in image.

 My curiosity often takes me to the lobby of big hotels.There is always a special atmosphere, unique to each country.  Here, it is about mystery and tension, where the two men, apart from the others, seem to blend in the immensity of the decor.  I like the idea that they could be part of a movie scene.

My curiosity often takes me to the lobby of big hotels.There is always a special atmosphere, unique to each country.

Here, it is about mystery and tension, where the two men, apart from the others, seem to blend in the immensity of the decor.

I like the idea that they could be part of a movie scene.

 In my approach, I seek to bring out the beauty of the everyday banality of a place.

In my approach, I seek to bring out the beauty of the everyday banality of a place.

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 I had to wait until the people sitting down left, and the space becomes a character in its own right.  I believe in the strength of the imagination of an image, more than the narrative description.

I had to wait until the people sitting down left, and the space becomes a character in its own right.

I believe in the strength of the imagination of an image, more than the narrative description.

 I was at Osaka station at 5:45am, whilist for my train to Okayama. I saw the taxi driver get out and light a cigarette, the smoke envelops his face, it looks like a scene from a japanese manga or a tarantino movie.

I was at Osaka station at 5:45am, whilist for my train to Okayama. I saw the taxi driver get out and light a cigarette, the smoke envelops his face, it looks like a scene from a japanese manga or a tarantino movie.