Author(s): Kanae Hasegawa
Photographer Paul Barbera presents his next volume in the Where They Create series - this time with a different approach, by exploring the theme of his series through geographical locales - not just physically but also spiritually, as 'place' is a very fluid concept in today's global world. Reinvigorated by his first visit to Japan in five years, he makes this metropolis the starting point of this new volume of photographs. Through the lens of creative spaces, Barbera chronicles his journey as he uncovers how contemporary Japanese design, art and creative thinking, has influenced and inspired the world (and vice versa). Barbera's search is simple and clear: he only visits the studios of people whose work he loves and admires, who have inspiring spaces. For this book, Barbera chose 30+ studios which form a diverse selection of his work. Featured are media companies and creatives, as well as artists, architects, illustrators and designers from all over Japan. In addition to all these photos, descriptions of the spaces by the owners of the studios are included. Interviews with these creators reveal the inner workings of these creatives, discovering how their daily environment influences their output.
Photographer: Paul Barbera was born in Melbourne, Australia and currently resides in New York City. He is a photographer with an observational reportage style whose work spans from cultural anthropology through to luxury living, working with people and interiors. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts. With an adaptable yet distinct visual approach, his assignments regularly take him around the globe, working with publications like "Mr Porter" (shooting Massimo Vitali), "Vogue Living" (covering the Milan Design Fair), "Wallpaper*," "Frame" (shooting Gaetano Pesce) and "Elle Decor," with and clients including Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Starbucks, Bugaboo and Dedon. He has been featured in "The New York Times Magazine," "The Paris Review" and "Forbes." His previous book in this series, "Where They Create" (Frame Publishers), is available globally. Barbera has recently turned his long-term online passion project Love Lost Project into an ongoing series of publications with a limited-edition book available from Dashwood Books in New York. Text by Kanae HasegawaKanae Hasegawa is a design journalist who lives and works in Tokyo, Japan. Her interest in the insatiable desire of humans especially artists and other creatives to express themselves through visual art or objects led her to study the history of art and design. Hasegawa has written for a number of previous books from Frame Publishers and is a regular contributor to numerous design-led publications, such as "Frame," "Axis" and "Departures.""