Where They Create: Japan – Creative Studios Shot by Paul Barbera


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Featuring the work of photographer Paul Barbera, this book documents creativity in 32 Japanese studios.

Photographer Paul Barbera presents his next volume in the Where They Create series – this time with a different approach, by exploring the theme of his series through geographical locales. Reinvigorated by his first visit to Japan in five years, he makes this country the starting point of this new volume. Through the lens of creative spaces, Barbera chronicles his journey as he uncovers how contemporary Japanese design, art and creative thinking, has influenced and inspired the world (and vice versa).

Barbera's search is simple and clear: he only visits the studios of people whose work he loves and admires, and who have inspiring spaces. For this book, Barbera was invited to shoot the studios of 32 creatives like Anrealage, Kengo Kuma, Wonderwall, Nendo, Tadao Ando, Tokujin Yoshioka, Toyo Ito and many more. Interviews with these creators reveal how their daily environment influences their output.


  • Successor to the first portfolio book of Paul Barbera, which was an inspiring publication created out the successful weblog (wheretheycreate.com)
  • The subjects of this book come from all walks of life artists, architects and graphic designers to fashion designers and a flower artists – with engaging stories of how they have arrived at ‘where they create’.
  • The book provides a rare view into the surroundings of some of the greatest Japanese creative minds of our time.
  • Additional interviews with experts on Japanese design shed some light and personal insights on the country’s creative thinking.

About Paul Barbera

Paul Barbera was born in Melbourne, Australia and currently resides in New York City. He is a photographer with an observational reportage style whose work spans from cultural anthropology through to luxury living, working with people and interiors. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts. With an adaptable yet distinct visual approach, his assignments regularly take him around the globe, working with publications like Mr Porter, Vogue Living, Wallpaper*, Elle Décor and Frame, and with clients including Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Starbucks, Bugaboo and Dedon. He has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review and Forbes.

Publication Details

  • Release: 1 November 2016
  • Frame Publishers
  • English
  • Written by Kanae Hasegawa
  • Graphic Design by Frame Publishers
  • 200 x 255 mm
  • 312 pages / full colour / soft cover
  • ISBN 978-94-92311-02-3

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  • 'Being able to portray more with composition than words could ever offer (especially considering the reserved Japanese culture) — resulting in quite possibly his most inspirational installment' (Another Magazine, the Netherlands)


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