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In Praise of Shadows

One of four books selected by Hélène Binet, which present themes and inspiration behind her recently opened exhibition - Light Lines: The Architectural Photographs of Hélène Binet.

In Praise of Shadows is a poetic paean to traditional Japanese aesthetics – in a free-ranging style that moves from architecture to No theatre, and from cookery to lighting, Tanizaki teaches us to see the beauty in tarnished metal, the sombre dignity in unglazed pottery, the primacy of organic materials that bear witness to the regular touch of human hands. It is also astonishingly prescient, offering a gentle warning against the quest for airbrushed perfection, and reminding us that too much light can pollute and obscure our natural world.

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Dimensions 20 x 1 x 13.3cm
Fabric & material Hardback
No. of Pages 128
SKU 12089965

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‘We find beauty not in the thing itself but in the patterns of shadows, the light and the darkness, that one thing against another creates… Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty.’

An intimate reflection on Japanese art and architecture from one of the country's greatest novelists. In this special edition, the text is accompanied by specially selected images to complement Tanizaki’s reflections and further illustrate the pattern and beauty of shadows.

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