He says that any desire can be satisfied in Tokyo. There is nothing you cannot buy in here; everything is super organized. Therefore it is a utopia.
Yet, Tokyo photographer Taro Karibe, feels it is also a dystopia -- his city is filled with loneliness, void, sadness; it's threatening and tiring.
For a series of black and white photographs exploring this dychotomy in Tokyo, Karibe was recently selected as Magnum Photos Workshop winner.
The March session was led by Jacob Aue Sobol, a photographer from Denmark, who also worked in Tokyo in the past (a moving, highly expressive series "I, Tokyo" is something I cannot take my eyes off).
Sobol praised Taro's work for honesty and sincerity : "Working as a salary man, but longing to explore the core of his existence … instead of focusing on the great photograph and looking for tricks to improve, he started a search within himself - using the camera as a tool to express his own inner life."
Taro, who studied psychology in Tokyo and later international cooperation in London, has worked for several NGOs -- in Japan, and Africa. He currently works in a financial institution in Tokyo.
To learn more about Taro and his work, take a look at his website (he says any encounter is accidental, but I do not believe it!).
You can view the entire workshop series and read a short interview with Taro at the British Journal of Photography