Publisher: Chicago: Museum of Contemporary Photography / Columbia College, 2004
Edition: 1st Edition
Item #: 110869
An original, matted gelatin silver print, "Totsuka Interchange, Daisan Kaihin Expressway, Japan, 1982," limited edition of 50 copies (this being #28/50). Numbered and signed in pencil by Shibata verso. Image size 9 x 11-1/4 inches; paper size 11 x 14 inches; mat size 16 x 20 inches. Published in 2004 as part of the Museum of Contemporary Photography's Fine Print Program.
From MoCP: "Early in his career, Toshio Shibata used a large-format camera with black-and-white film to photograph a number of Japan's expressways at night (1982-86). These atmospheric images of rest-stop service areas and tollbooth plazas, including Totsuka Interchange, Daisan Kaihin Expressway, Japan (1982), show the preliminary signs of Shibata's interest in manmade constructions, along with an emerging form of Shibata's artistic sensibility: beautifully printed, meticulously detailed, yet minimal images imbued with a sense of tranquility. In a 2008 interview Shibata described the development of his early work: '[In] Tokyo I felt that there was too much chaos. I was trying to find something common, like a highway, something that is the same all over the world. Many times I found that while driving in Belgium I could have been in Japan. I wanted to use this sensation in my work, so I started taking night photographs on highways… It was travelling around Japan that I finally found my subject: infrastructure.'"