Tokyo is the most populous metropolis in the world with more than 13 million inhabitants intramural and near 43 million in its agglomeration. Yet this statistic did not scare the French artist Genaro Bardy who embarked on a totally crazy project: photographing the Japanese capital completely emptied of its inhabitants.
This crazy idea is part of a global project called "Desert in the City" (which we were already talking about in this article). The principle is simple: Genaro travels the world's largest cities to try to take a picture of them when they are totally deserted and of course without any editing.
A major challenge that requires knowing the city, the perfect time and especially having to cross in record time to take pictures at a time when there is no one in the streets. The project started at Paris in Christmas 2014 and then Genaro went on with London in 2015, and finally New York and Rome in 2016.
Tokyo is therefore the 5th stage of his photographic project. As for previous editions, Genaro Bardy had to target the best time in the year when almost everyone is with family. Even if Tokyo is the most populous megalopolis in the world, at the beginning of the year, everyone stays at home with their family and the streets become deserted.
In the night of January 1 to 2, 2018, our photographer has therefore walked more than 10 kilometers in order to capture thirty or so unique shots showing the Japanese capital as you've never seen it, totally emptied of its inhabitants. He focused his career on Shibuya, Harajuku and Shinjuku which are the most iconic places in the capital.
To know more about the project "Desert in the City", meeting on the portfolio of Genaro Bardy. Finally, you can also get the book of its first four destinations on Amazon.
Imagined by: Genaro Bardy