Honorable Mention TOKYO-2020 People / Culture

Lost In Tension

  • Photographer
    Andreas Kremer
  • Agency / Studio
    Imverbund Gmbh
  • Photo Date

The Japanese culture can be mysterious and founded on a series of contrasts in behaviour and morals. The results of strictness manifest in very private ways. It's almost as if there are a day and night to this culture. My images inflect this opinion of a dual notion culture, both overt and subtle, a coexistence of behaviour that might otherwise seem opposed to one another almost rely on one another for each to thrive. One never knows the complete story; the experience is very different depending on the side that is shared.

Andreas Kremer, living in Cologne/Germany, began his artistic path after he had worked successfully in business for many years. Never losing touch with photography during the years, 2014 he changed his focus completely to photography as visual art, and hasn’t put down his camera since. The fascination for Japan culminated in his first photo book TENSION in 2019 (KERBER Verlag). Since 2020 he is using the collage technique in a modern, digital form in his ongoing project “The Last Resort”, following the tradition of using collages to point out social or political grievances.