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Tokyo Tokyo at Rizzoli

29 May 2024

Join us to celebrate the launch of Richard Koek’s new book, Tokyo Tokyo, in conversation with Masako Shiba!

5:30 pm: doors
5:40 pm: speakers arrive
6:05 pm: brief welcome and introduction from bookstore
6:05–7 pm: conversation followed by 10–15 minute audience Q&A
7–8 pm: book sales and signing, wrap up

PLEASE NOTE: RSVPs are encouraged but not required. Seating is limited and will be first come, first served. Doors open at 5:30 pm. RSVP on Eventbrite here!

Can’t attend? Order your signed copy here (please specify that you would like it signed in the comments box at checkout).

A unique book by photographer Richard Koek about one of the world’s largest cities, Tokyo. The visitor of this megapolis in Japan will see a lot of neon and plastic, but also traditional kimonos and cherry blossoms. Fashion and advertising are at least as important as etiquette and tidiness. In Tokyo Tokyo Koek reveals the true face of a city where tradition and innovation go hand in hand. Surely the stereotypes are a subject of his photographs, but Koek always gives them his own twist. His colorful images are raw, realistic and extremely striking. Koek knows how to capture the magic of everyday life by putting the ordinary on a pedestal. The beauty of the image and the story behind it always go hand in hand in his works. This is how he shows a different side of the city.

Dutch photographer Richard Koek is an expert in capturing the diversity of cities in photos and showed his work at a.o. Photoville in New York and the Photo Festival in Naarden. Richard worked for the Dutch National Archives, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, various newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The New York Review of Books and Interview Magazine. He previously published the bestselling title New York New York.

Masako Shiba has a background in managing Asian cultural organizations. She served as the inaugural director of Asian Cultural Council Japan Foundation in Tokyo from 2018 to 2019. She currently focusses on promoting contemporary Asian art in the art and technology sectors. She co-founded the digital art company ONBD, oversaw the first-ever art project exhibited in space as chief artistic director of Spacetainment, and recently co-founded Brooklyn Experimental Art Foundation supporting cultural exchange initiatives. She has spoken at conferences such as WebX and NFT NYC, and contributed to the Takashi Murakami exhibition catalogue at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum.


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