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The Yoshida Dormitory Old Darkroom

Artist: Kanta Nomura

Publisher: Auto-édité / Self-published

"It was the spring of 2019 when I first opened the door to the darkroom in the Yoshida dormitory. This darkroom had been unattended for more than 30 years, dusty and like a junkyard. In fact, it had been more than ten years since I started taking pictures of Yoshida Dormitory, but even though I knew of the existence of the darkroom, I had never bothered to open the door. This was because it was located in a particularly dark place at the end of a long corridor, and the darkness that peeked through the door was secretive and eerie.

The time suddenly came. I pushed open the hard door of the darkroom. In the dimness, a ray of light leaked through a torn blackout curtain, and dust danced quietly. The air was tranquil but heavy, as if it had been vacuum-packed for a long time. The clutter had been abandoned at a certain point in time. And among the rubble-like oversized garbage, I found photographic paper from that time, covered with dust and mold.

What if I could burn new photos of Yoshida Dormitory onto the old photographic paper that had absorbed so much time? With this idea in mind, I restored the old darkroom, which had been neglected for a long time, so that it could once again be used as a darkroom."

[Kanta Nomura]

Publication date:2022
Number of pages: 194 pages
Weight: 845 g.
Dimensions: 20.5 × 26.3 cm
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