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Japanese photography of architecture has played a major part in helping to move photography as a discipline out of its own semidetached enclave and into the palaces of high art. The current exhibition at Archi-Depot, “A Gaze into Architecture: Phases of Contemporary Photography and Architecture” features the work of 13 artists, of whom more than half are Japanese. All the work is exceptional.

With limited space, the exhibition only has a few works by each artist, and the curatorial direction is more aimed at showing different ways of seeing. Accordingly, there is a provocative contrast of the restrained and formal with the experimental and experiential. At the formal end of the scale are, for example, images by Candida Hofer and Naoya Hatakeyama, whose precision and sense of ordered composition are intensely gratifying.

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