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At the tail end of an unexpectedly long conversation, the last question I ask photographer Keizo Kitajima is why it’s important for him to have even lighting across the image. The photographs he is showing at the Photographers’ Gallery in Shinjuku are part of his long-running “Untitled Records” series of unpopulated urban and semi-rural landscapes. As the gallery is a small space, there are only a handful of exhibits, but the precision with which they have been made is mesmeric.

As photographic images they are flawless: edited to remove the effects of foreshortening, buildings stand absolutely straight, and the compositions are organized so that what appears at every border and in each corner is meticulously calculated.

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