Tokyo Radiant: A Photographic Journey Through Tokyo in Infrared

German photographer Philipp Zechner has introduced "Tokyo Radiant", a photographic project capturing the mood in Tokyo right after 3.11. His website is now online, and a crowdfunding project has been started on Indiegogo in order to publish a photobook.

On 11 March 2011, an earthquake with the magnitude of 9 struck the North-Eastern part of Japan. It was neither the first in recent years nor the strongest in history, yet the devastating consequences this time were beyond anyone’s imagination. Not only did a tsunami of unprecedented strength literally wash away many villages, defying all measures of protection that had been taken and robbing countless lifes, the collapse of nuclear reactors in the Fukushima power plant and the subsequent radiation left the nation aghast before a threat potentially bigger than anything before. For the first time, a piece of land had to be evacuated with no perspective of return in the near future.

When coming back to Japan after a hiatus of a year in 2012, I noticed a change in behavior, in attitude that had taken place: Gone was the optimism that had long ruled the country, people were feared and uncertain about the future. Using a modified digital camera that captures infrared pictures, I sought to translate this particular mood into a photographic series, called “Tokyo Radiant”.

I have set up an Indiegogo project to publish a photo book containing a selection of this series. If you like it, please consider supporting me. Thank you!

Please also visit the project's official website, featuring more pictures, background information and links to NGOs active in supporting the reconstruction in the regions most hit.

​ About myself:

I am a German photographer mainly interested in urban landscapes, man-made objects and strange encounters. So far, I have published two books with renowned German publishers. Contact me for inquiries through my official website:

About Philipp Zechner

Photographer specialized in cityscapes, man-made objects, night photography and urbanity.