Alicja Dobrucka

Untitled #1, Nico series, 2016/2020


41 x 51 cm

Edition of 5 + 1 AP, number 1 of 5

As part of Alicja Dobrucka’s Tokyo city photography series, Nico, we see a world illuminated by night-time. Enigmatic portraits depict a transformed banal cityscape. Through these images, access is granted to the streets of Tokyo. This occurs through Dobrucka’s voyeuristic but involved lens. Dobrucka’s exploration of the east side of the city and it’s night-life during her 2016 Tokyo Wondersite residency stirred an interest in taking portraits of both it’s inhabitants and abandoned streets at night.

In this city photography, the glowing buildings illustrate a city not abandoned but lethargic in the evening’s dusk light. Taken on a large format camera, this slow, analogue process allows for a considered image of eery streets alive with ethereality and mystery.