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DANCHI DREAMS: A Photobook Exploring the Dream and Decay of Modern Japanese Public Housing Architecture.
DANCHI DREAMS: A Photobook Exploring the Dream and Decay of Modern Japanese Public Housing Architecture.
DANCHI DREAMS: A Photobook Exploring the Dream and Decay of Modern Japanese Public Housing Architecture.
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DANCHI DREAMS: A Photobook of Japanese Public Housing

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(日本語は下にあります – Japanese text at bottom)

In 2017 I began taking photographs of Japanese public housing apartments, known as Danchi. These iconic modern buildings emerged in the 1960s and 70s as a vision of a bright new Japan. For many people they were something to aspire for.

Half a century later Danchi are in decay.

The concrete symbol of Japan’s economic miracle and post-war identity are slowly being forgotten, and some are already gone.

THE PHOTO SERIES

I photographed Danchi at night, the time of dreams. I have visited over 40 complexes and observed both the signature of decline, and also the promise of the original dream of Danchi, however slight.

The story of Danchi reverberates with me deeply. 
I want to show the form of these structures and tell their story.

From the original series I launched an exhibition and installation in May 2018 in Tokyo.

Together, with your support, I would like to do a whole lot more, including:


1. A 300 COPY LIMITED EDITION PHOTO BOOK OF DANCHI DREAMS 

The Photobook:

The 300 copy edition of the book will be printed and bound on high quality paper.

The DANCHI DREAMS photobook trim size will be 14" x 9-1/2", so it is the perfect size to show the scale of Danchi. The photobook will be in landscape format and open nice and wide. The book will be ~72 pages long.

The Content:

DANCHI DREAMS is not just about buildings. Through the images it tells the story of the rise and decline of modernity in Japan. I think of this photobook as part architectural study, and part conceptual exploration.

I have been lucky enough to get access to photograph Danchi from the inside as well as the outside, including some locations that have already been slated for demolition.

I am passionate about capturing these buildings as they are now: looming concrete giants in the dark, because one day there will be no more Danchi and by then it will be too late.

Once the funding goal is met, I will organize printing of the photobook and engage the binders.

DANCHI DREAMS will ship by October~November 2018.

2. Limited Edition Prints

DANCHI DREAMS will be available as limited edition prints at A2 size, as well as smaller 8" x 12" editions. Print editions will be printed by my friends at Aflo Atelier in Tokyo.

WHO ARE YOU?

I am Cody Ellingham. 

I am a photographer and art director living in Tokyo.

I grew up in a small town on the East Coast of New Zealand. I am deeply inspired by places and history.

I have a deep nostalgia for places locked in time. The aging skyscrapers of the city and the Arcadian forests of the mountain are both alike in that they are only a fragment of a myth that never was.

You can find me on instagram.

PRESS

cityLab (The Atlantic): The Slow Decay of Japan's Modernist Dreams
Spoon & Tamago: A Photographic Journey Into Japan’s Public Housing Projects
Fubiz
Abduzeedo 
Fast Company
Phroom
NEOCHA
PechaKucha (presentation)

日本語の紹介

コーディ・エリンガムと申します。
団地に憧れがあります。その建物の素晴らしさはどこから来たのか、物語の始まりを探しました。現在の日本での「団地」の印象と、1960年代の印象はだいぶ違います。はじめは「未来は明るい」というテーマを基に作られていたはずが、今ではボロボロになっています。その夢はどこに行ってしまったんだろう?

このプロジェクトは、大切なものを探す旅です。クラウドファンディングや応援をいただければ幸いです。

リワードの説明

2000円のご支援
・DANCHI DREAMS オリジナルポストカード

4000円のご支援
・DANCHI DREAMS オリジナルポストカード
・PDF版のシリーズ集

8000円のご支援
・DANCHI DREAMS 限定版写真集

14,000円のご支援
・DANCHI DREAMS 限定版写真集
・限定版写真集に、支援して頂いた方がご希望するお名前を記載

20,000円のご支援
・DANCHI DREAMS 限定版写真集 
・限定版写真集に、支援して頂いた方がご希望するお名前を記載
・DANCHI DREAMS スタンダードエディション・フォト(8×12インチ、Atelier AFROにて印刷)

60,000円のご支援
・DANCHI DREAMS 限定版写真集  
・限定版写真集に、支援して頂いた方がご希望するお名前を記載 
・DANCHI DREAMS スタンダードエディション・フォト(8×12インチ、Atelier AFROにて印刷)
・DANCHI DREAMS限定版フォト(A2版、ハーネミューレ紙使用、Atelier AFROにて印刷)

100,000円のご支援
・DANCHI DREAMS 限定版写真集 
・限定版写真集に、支援して頂いた方がご希望するお名前を記載 
・DANCHI DREAMS スタンダードエディション・フォト(8×12インチ、Atelier AFLOにて印刷) 
・DANCHI DREAMS限定版フォト(A2版、ハーネミューレ紙使用、Atelier AFROにて印刷)
・Cody Ellingham本人による、DANCHI DREAMSツアー(1対1で、失われつつある団地を歩いて回るツアーを行います。ツアー内容の詳細は、支援いただいた方と直接決定いたします)
 

Risks and challenges

Minimal risk. I have been working on layout for sometime already. I have been in ongoing discussions with book binders and printers about some of the finer details.

I have a background in graphic design and art direction and have been developing the technical side of the Danchi Dreams photobook since I began shooting the series.

Once the Kickstarter completes, I will engage the printers.

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    Pledge ¥2,000 or more About $18

    Danchi Postcard!

    Get a postcard mailed to you with one of the images from the series to say thank you. Exclusive access to backer updates!

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    Digital backer! DANCHI DREAMS

    Get a PDF version of the DANCHI DREAMS book as well as a small postcard mailed to you from one of the images from the series to say thank you.

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    The Photobook!

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    The Patron Bundle!

    Give a little extra boost of support and get your name in the back of the book as a patron.

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    The 8x12" Print Bundle!

    Get the book, be a patron, and also get a standard 8" x 12" print from my exploration of DANCHI.
    Printed by my friends at Aflo Atelier in Tokyo.

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    The A2 Special Edition Print Bundle!

    Get the book, be a patron, and in addition to the 8"x12" print from my exploration of DANCHI you will also get one incredible A2 size print edition from the exhibition printed on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta in Tokyo.

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    Exclusive TOKYO DANCHI Tour!

    Get the photobook, the A2 and 8"x12" prints as above, and on top of that I will personally take you a private tour of Tokyo's most iconic DANCHI buildings for a day, including locations that are being scheduled for demolition. We will explore a range of locations from small abandoned 4-story complexes to massive concrete behemoths on the edge of the metropolis. I will only do this tour two times, one-on-one (dates are negotiable).

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