“Day for Night” by photographer Toshio Shibata

by The Insights

A selection of images from renowned Japanese photographer Toshio Shibata’s first monograph with Deadbeat Club. Described as a true collaboration between artist and publisher, “Day for Night” features 70 never-before-seen photographs taken by Shibata in the 1980s. The concept behind the book is seemingly simple as it progresses through a series of nocturnal photographs in a set of images taken during the day. But, as always with Shibata, nothing is as it first appears. Intense light sources make nighttime scenes seem stranger than they should while daylight images, featuring heavy masses of constructed earth and stone, look anything but bright and airy. As the title suggests, light and dark swap roles. In this way, “Day for Night” confuses not only viewers’ expectations, but Shibata’s as well:

“The title gives another layer to the book. I knew this technique from my childhood by watching “Rawhide” on television, but until now I had never seen my own work with such an eye.

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