Fantombooks – the series arising from Fantom magazine – debuted with Vedove/Widows by Takashi Homma, a book curated by Francesco Zanot and designed by Fabrizio Radaelli.
Extremely accurate in concept and printing, Vedove/Widows has been published in an edition of 350 copies (2 volumes: pages 16 + 55, cm. 23 x 17) and was available online at fantomeditions.com and in few selected bookshops.
The project is the result of the cooperation between Andrea Botto and Francesco Zanot, respectively director and curator of the annual Rapallo Fotografia festival, who entrusted the Japanese photographer to work around the theme of memory and personal archives in Rapallo and in the Italian region of Liguria. During his stay in the area, fascinated by the pictures stored in the archives of Genoa and Rapallo, Homma explored the need to preserve personal and intimate memories, especially after a loss. Thus he shot eleven portraits of widowed women – witnesses for their dead partners’ memories – and captured a glimpse of the places where the widows live. This work being the subject of the exhibition at Castello di Rapallo. He also re-photographed the snapshots of the widows’ family albums, exclusively published in the book which represents therefore an integral part of the project and the exhibition.
Born in 1962 in Tokyo, where he lives and works, Takashi Homma studied photography at Nihon University College of Art. In 1984 he started to work in advertising and in 1991 he moved to London. In 1999 he won the Kimura Ihei Commemorative Photography Award for his project Tokyo Suburbia, now an extremely rare cult book.