For The Lost World, Limburg made a wonderful selection from the thousands of images she shot at the magical, deserted locations she found in Japan. She could not pass by all these forgotten places and began to capture them obsessively. The voyeuristic images are accompanied by an introduction by Liza Dalby (author of the bestseller “Geisha” and “Kimono: Fashioning Culture”), personal notes and an in-depth essay on the cultural phenomenon Akiya by Japanologist J. Smit.
The result is a dystopian yet intimate book that offers a glimpse into a world without people. The limited edition book is big (24x34cm – 176 pages) and due to the deep colours, choice of paper and unusual cover, it is a true gift to give or receive.
The Lost World will also be on view as an exhibition from May 2022, where the experience of the Japanese Akiya will be further explored. The exhibition will take place at The Ping Pong Club in Utrecht. For more information, visit the exhibition page.
“Many congratulations on this lovely and melancholy book with it’s beautiful images of hope and despair.”
“In almost every respect, Japanese are keen to preserve traditional culture. Except when they’re not. ”
“In a country known for structure and order, I discovered chaos”
“Photographer Maan Limburg found these places hard to ignore. Unremarkable or just depressing to Japanese, who might easily pass by without sparing a thought, they spoke wordlessly to her. She was drawn in to investigate, photograph, and preserve the eerie echoes of their solitude in her evocative photographs.” – Liza Dalby
Photographs from The Lost World by Maan Limburg