Nicola Tanzini espone al Photolux 2018 - Lucca






L’esposizione presenta 30 immagini tratte dal reportage realizzato dal fotografo
toscano, in oltre due anni di lavoro, a Tokyo, all’interno del mercato ittico più grande

al mondo.

La mostra sarà accompagnata dalla presentazione del libro Tokyo Tsukiji
(Contrasto), che si terrà Domenica 25 Novembre, in cui saranno presenti Nicola
Tanzini e Benedetta Donato, curatrice della mostra e del volume.




The exhibition features 30 pieces selected from the reportage compiled by the
Tuscan photographer in over two years spent working in Tokyo, in the world’s

largest fish market.

The exhibition will accompanied by the presentation of the book Nicola Tanzini.
Tokyo Tsukiji (published by Contrasto), that will take place on Sunday, November
25th in which will be present Nicola Tanzini and Benedetta Donato, curator of the

exhibition and editor of the book.


Over the past two years, the photographer's gaze has wandered around Tokyo, focusing
on Tsukiji (in Japanese 築 地 市場 Tsukiji shijō), the largest fish market in the world,
located in the district bearing the same name, in the city centre since 1935.

Considered a sacred place by Japanese restaurateurs, it has seen a growth exponential
fame, to the point that it has become one of the most attractive visited by international
tourism, which now risks to lose its identity, make room for the upcoming 2020 Olympics.
On 6 October 2018 the Tsukiji market was definitely closed and relocated several
kilometers further east, in the Toyosu district.

The images of Nicola Tanzini represent an important testimony because they tell of a
symbolic place that no longer exists.
The scenario in which this work was carried out is the internal market (jonai shijō),
frequented by wholesalers, which became famous for its tuna auctions, surrounded by the
external area (jogai shijō) where the commercial activities are carried out.
The author, true connoisseur of Japanese society and in particular of the city of Tokyo,
focuses his attention on the heart of the place, which can be seen through its popularity
among patrons, buyers and the merely curious, aiming at fish vendors, immersed in that
phase of physical and mental relaxation which comes after interminable hours of work
throughout the morning, and corresponds to the end of the working day.
In Tokyo. Tsukiji, the perspective which Tanzini takes on, is unprecedented and the place
is exhibited in an as yet unknown role, during the slowing down of the activity, which
precedes its finalization and coincides with a necessary preparation phase, to face the
portion of time in which the world is closed out.

People are captured spontaneously, showing a genuine streak, cataloguing humans,
which the author manages to capture, systematize and reveal, in a visual diary filled with
expressions, attitudes, situations and behaviour, work which is never rushed, in order to
ensure that details and minimal relevant expressions of that moment in life are exhalted.
The camera becomes an extension of the author's own gaze, through which he transcribes
his visual interception with the intention of dwelling on the framed subjects, to show us
insider understanding as a total sensation, to interpret the people as allegorical figures that
are part of a much more ample metaphor, aiming to represent the space of truce.
Tsukiji's market is the context which becomes a pretext, tuning into a precise aspect,
corresponding to the dimension of suspension, just between the end of one thing and a
new beginning.


Before starting to face everything else, this interval exists, characterized by habits,
moments of meditation and daily rituals, intercepted and focused in that specific situation,
which translates into an interminable moment, destined by its very nature, not to be
prolonged and to reveal itself as transitory.

Following the flow of the fragments, the apparently dynamic rhythm of the photographs
begins to characterize pauses which attract attention, beyond contingent reality.
And here we have Tsukiji, in the point of view chosen by the photographer, appearing as if
it were a theatre poised between resolutions and new starts, which precedes an imminent
yet unknown evolution. Destinations to which we are addressed, during a calm that is only
apparently definitive and, at the same time, charged with tension, an often disordered,
confused, sometimes paradoxical dimension of contemporary human existence.

Benedetta Donato



Info Exhibition
Palazzo Ducale,
Cortile Carrara, 1
From Saturday 17 November until Sunday 9 December
Mon-Sun, 10 am – 7:30 pm

Info Book Presentation “Tokyo Tsukiji”, Contrasto Books
Leica Talk
Auditorium Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio
Sunday 25 November from 16:00 to 17:00
Via San Micheletto, 8