Reading #1 – In The Intimacy of Japan’s Creative Studios


Creative Studios Shot by Paul Barbera
Published by Frame

November 2016
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I just read this amazing book and I really love it. It is a visual documentation of artists and creatives that met the Photographer Paul Barbera during his travels for assignments. A really good book if you wanna discover Japanese Design Studios which includes portraits of 32 creatives.

Where They Create

Paul Barbera’s project documents, through images, creative working spaces from all around the world. With Where They Create, the Australian photographer – who started taking pictures of interiors almost by accident (“it’s the thing I do without thinking”) – changed his voyeurism into a sort of anthropological research. Looking for absurd and hidden things, Barbera enters the studios of international creative people – artists, art directors, architects, designers, stylists – and captures all the details of their personal stories and artistic processes.

Barbera’s curiosity, naturalness and good eye for interiors, together with his ability to transmit emotions and warmth make this project unique. Creatives need to transform their offices into intimate spaces (like a home), and to keep his/her own things close to be able to create. Others could work anywhere, travelling with the bare essentials as Paul does. But everybody, even if for a while, leaves personal traces, aspects that don’t pass unnoticed… if you are able to catch them.

Initially thought only as a blog, Where They Create turned into a book thanks to the interest of Frame Publishers.

Interview with Paul Barbera
by  Japan Society