Celebrity. Kenji Hirasawa (Japan).
Kenji Hirasawa, Japanese photographer based in London, used thermographic camera to take pictures of wax work models at Madame Tussauds and visitors to the exhibition. The photographs of excited tourist and ghost looking stars capture the relationship with the celebrities and hierarchy in the society. The thermographic camera brings the colours in visitors. In the pictures, those lifeless celebrities only become visible when surrounded by people, who share their energy. Celebrities depends on their admirers.
Hirasawa’s work was influenced by Hiroshi Sugimoto who photographed wax figures at Madame Tussauds, and managed to create an illusion of life. Celebrity does the opposite, emphasizing the lifelessness of Kate Moss or Barack Obama.
The book is beautiful put together by London-based independent publisher Bemojake. Elegant and simple design work perfect with photographs. The title is blind embossed the on the cover. Baby blue cover and baby pink end paper add a nice touch to an amazing visual energy of the book.