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Matthew Pillsbury, Daibutsu-Kotoku-in

Matthew Pillsbury, Daibutsu-Kotoku-in (2014), archival pigment ink print [Douglas Udell Gallery Pop-Up, Vancouver BC, Apr 4-25]

Matthew Pillsbury: Tokyo

Douglas Udell Gallery POP-UP
Vancouver BC – Apr 4-25, 2015

According to recent data, the urban continuum that is Tokyo-Yokohama remains the world’s most populous city. Now approaching 40 million people, it is larger than the entire population of Canada. For photographer Matthew Pillsbury, the attraction to Tokyo is not its population mass, but its preoccupation with mass communication.

For years now, Pillsbury has concerned himself with what he describes as “the growing role that technology is playing in our lives and the sense of modern seclusion that can seem at odds with the constant connectivity being offered by our smartphones and tablets.” What better place to explore this condition than in Tokyo, where each day “millions of people file through its streets and subways…yet it is often done so silently, with each person quietly interacting with their gadgets”?

Pillsbury, who travels the world taking photographs with long exposures and available light, this time aims his camera at Buddhist temples, a largely computerized Tokyo Stock Exchange trading floor, cubist shopping plazas and scaffolded urban parks. The result is a suite of pictures that conveys the silent intensity of which he speaks.

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Michael Turner

Matthew Pillsbury, Tokyu Plaza, Tokyo

Matthew Pillsbury, Tokyu Plaza, Tokyo (2014), archival pigment ink print [Douglas Udell Gallery Pop-Up, Vancouver BC, Apr 4-25]


Matthew Pillsbury, The First Hanami, Ueno Park, Tokyo
Matthew Pillsbury, The First Hanami, Ueno Park, Tokyo (2014), archival pigment ink print [Douglas Udell Gallery Pop-Up, Vancouver BC, Apr 4-25]


Matthew Pillsbury, Hanami #18 Shinjuku Gyoen
Matthew Pillsbury, Hanami #18 Shinjuku Gyoen (2014), archival pigment ink print [Douglas Udell Gallery Pop-Up, Vancouver BC, Apr 4-25]


Matthew Pillsbury, Tokyo Stock Exchange
Matthew Pillsbury, Tokyo Stock Exchange (2014), archival pigment ink print [Douglas Udell Gallery Pop-Up, Vancouver BC, Apr 4-25]



 Tue, Apr 7, 2015