Masakazu Murakami's Tokyo Subway Diary
With more than 8 million users per day, Tokyo’s subways are a pulsating artery suffusing the city with life, and since his days as a student, Masakazu Murakami has been capturing those scenes unfolding underground as he makes his way around the city with other passengers.
After the giant burst of the Bubble and the ensuing long recession, Murakami kept shooting, as people at the other end of his gaze drifted through Tokyo, seemingly lost in a city without exits, as if it were an endless sea. As Tokyo continues through 2020 and as COVID-19 alters the world's routines and ways of life, will Murakami's "Subway Diary" be a snapshot of the past or one of the future?
A limited edition printing of Subway Diary is available from Roshin Books.