Celebrity

Hirasawa, Kenji
Publisher: Bemojake
Binding: Hardback
Language: English
Pages: 72
Measurements: 22.50 x 28.50 cm

Both a documentary analysis and a conceptual deliberation, Celebrity is a visually exciting criticism on the social impact of idolisation and capricious desires. Who are these people we admire so much, what role do they play in our lives, and what absurdities do they evoke from us? \n\nPhotographing wax work models at Madame Tussauds of supposedly aspirational figures, Hirasawa presents us with social relationships both separated and intensified by these lifeless figures we call celebrities, ingeniously creating metaphors of themselves, as existential intimations which we can never actually be close to.\n\nThe images themselves are taken with a thermographic camera, recording heat emitted from visitors’ bodies, where the lifeless wax work models are barely seen… each pixel records specific temperature information. As one moves through the book, various emotions and interactions take place; humour, aggression, playfulness, regret and reverie… \n\nA truly original and contemporary photography book which aims to delight as well as scrupulate.\n\n\nSelected as Best Book of 2011 for the Fotobook Festival 2012 by:\n- Chris Boot\n\nSelected as Best Book of 2011 in Photo-Eye by:\n- Aron Morel\n\nSelected in Claire De Rouen’s Top Ten Books of 2011

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