Publishing house Taschen puts the deceased Japanese photographer Keiichi Tahara in the spotlight once again by republishing this beautiful book in extra large format. In this way, the architectural images come even better into their own.
With a limited and numbered edition of this special edition of Architecture Fin-de-Siècle, Keiichi Tahara is again put in the spotlight a few years after his death. The beautiful buildings he photographed will of course receive most of the attention, but Tahara would certainly not have minded that, given the special subject he worked with. The architecture of iconic names like Gaudi, Horta, Hoffmann, Loos and Mackintosh is in itself something special to behold. However, the way in which the Japanese photographer managed to immortalise these buildings in a book gives them an even greater aura of mystery and enchantment.
Special architecture captured in enchanting images
The transition from the 19th to the 20th century was an important turning point for architecture. Among other things, new technologies and materials brought about progress in the field of construction and the Art Nouveau style, inspired by nature, created an enchanting new formal language. The photographs in this book respond to the uniqueness of the subject by, for example, focusing on the special details, glamorous shapes and intricate patterns. Keiichi Tahara worked with light and shadow to create an atmosphere that perfectly reflects the fin-de-siècle way of thinking. The images radiate reflection and desire.
An enchanting new formal language
With texts by Riichi Miyake that discuss the design and layout of the buildings, as well as the context in which they were created, you are taken back to this special period in (architectural) history.
The standard edition of this publication can be found here. For the special edition, check Taschen’s website' target='_blank'>website. Victor Horta, Maison et Atelier Horta, Brussels, Belgium © Keiichi Tahara