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Ikumi Nakamura - Project UrbEx: adventures in ghost towns, wastelands and other forgotten worlds


256 pages
Edited by Ikumi Nakamura
28.9 x 21.6 cm
Language: English
Publisher: Thames & Hudson

A thrilling photographic adventure through an offbeat selection of the world’s abandoned buildings, captured by one of the videogame industry’s most beloved creatives.

Fusing urban exploration with her trademark sense of wonder, famed videogame creator Ikumi Nakamura has spent over a decade infiltrating top-secret locations worldwide. Her daring escapades tap into a lost spirit of true adventure, proving that the world is still full of secrets and mystery, just waiting to be revealed. From derelict shipyards and military bases to colossal cooling towers, haunted hotels, and mystical islands, this book is packed with places you thought could only exist in videogames.

Urban exploration is a way of life for those who choose it as their passion. The secrets and mysteries that disused places incite can be intoxicating and inspiring. As Nakamura has said, "I love breaking boundaries and making people say 'WOW.' As artists, we use our imagination to see the INVISIBLE."

With a foreword by videogame designer-turned-photographer Liam Wong, Project UrbEx also features sections of Nakamura’s personal travel diaries, printed on pages with a narrower width in a rich Pantone black and illustrated by specially commissioned, exclusive manga―bringing her much-loved sense of humor to the forefront of the narrative and displaying her keen interest in exploring many mediums of creativity.