Chikako Tanabe hasn’t studied photography, but she enjoys to “[document] events, memories and lifestyle” of the city in general.
Tanabe’s photographs, archived online, are refreshing because rather than documenting the city with party photographs, which has been the all the rage since the cobra snake, Tanabe delineates New York City by three simple categories: “City,” “Lifestyle” and “Culture.”
The series “City” contains mainly cityscape displaying the dichotomy of New York’s stereotypical fast pace and the city’s more intimate serene moments. In “Lifestyle” the viewer witnesses interactions between the subject and his or her environment. The photographer combs through Downtown and all the way to the Bronx. “Culture” includes a still-life of used spray paint cans, a moving image of a breakdancer, and more. Each image focuses on the ethos of the photograph, not the subject.
Although Chikako Tanabe hasn’t shown in the gallery, her work deserves a second look. Someone is going to “discover” her soon.