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Tokyo Jazz Joints
Philip Arneill

Tokyo Jazz Joints Philip Arneill

Tokyo Jazz Joints Philip ArneillTokyo Jazz Joints
Philip Arneill
Kehrer Verlag


168 pages
240 x 220 mm
ISBN 9783969001202


Japanese jazz bars and coffee shops are insular worlds where time ceases to exist, removed from the speed and chaos of the modern urban landscape. Tokyo Jazz Joints is a visual chronicle of this unique culture that captures the transient beauty of these spaces. Established in 2015 to document Tokyo’s myriad »jazu kissa«, the project has gradually expanded to cover the whole of Japan. These dedicated jazz listening spaces are slowly vanishing in the face of changing trends, ageing customers and gentrification. This book preserves these living museums before they disappear forever. Tokyo Jazz Joints is a documentary photography project by Northern Irish photographer Philip Arneill, in collaboration with American broadcaster James Catchpole, both long-term residents of Japan.

About the Artist
Philip Arneill is a Belfast-born photographer and AHRC Northern Bridge PhD Researcher at Ulster University. Co-creator and photographer of the audio-visual documentary project ‘Tokyo Jazz Joints’, his work explores the illusory ideas of home and culture by exploring insider-outsider dynamics, interstitial spaces and autoethnographic issues of place and identity.

About the Publisher
Kehrer Verlag is among the world’s leading publishers of photo books. Founded in 1995 by Klaus Kehrer, it is also one of the few independent publishing houses in Germany. In addition to photography, further focal points include contemporary art, art of the 17th through the 20th centuries, and international sound art. Over the years, numerous Kehrer publications have been nominated for and honoured with international book awards. From 2011 through 2016, Kehrer was also the German partner of the European Publishers Award for Photography (EPAP), an initiative launched by European publishing houses to promote contemporary photography.