Kenta Cobayashi's Warped Depictions of the Contemporary Metropolis
"The Everything" series provides a visceral window into Kenta Cobayashi’s conception of the contemporary city, as evinced through his astute lens. His work is distinguished by liberal digital manipulation, effecting images that seemingly melt into pixelated, elemental representations of photonic light.
Published by Newfave Books, Everything_2 investigates the photographer’s generational cohort, revealing the lifestyles of youths across Tokyo to the world’s metropolises. Cobayashi processes these daily scenes through the phenomenological filters of technology, history, and the body, melded with his own personal experience and study, to evince the contours of modern society and capture iconic images that uniquely define his era. In particular, he grapples with the etymological root of the Japanese term for photography, shashin (literally: “reproducing reality”). Cobayashi’s probing transcends the concrete/abstract, straight/augmented, pushing the inherited boundaries of photography in search of a higher and much more personal truth.