Cecilia Díaz Betz

Discovering the work of Australian photographer Meg Hewitt (Sidney, 1973) is like plunging into a vast river that terrifies and attracts you at the same time and which will take you somewhere unknown. Her dark, ruthless and visceral imagery reaches its zenith with the series Tokyo is Yours, now published in a photobook bearing the same title. This is a series containing that which escapes our drowsy and pigeonholed retinas that, unconscious, usually look for colorful and precious images.

Inspired by manga, surrealism and film noir, Hewitt seeks to show us the suburbs of Tokyo

Through a stark black and white contrast, a heartbreaking grain and the flash freezing the scene, Meg Hewitt brings us images of Tokyo we had never imagined. Inspired by manga, surrealism and film noir, Hewitt seeks to show us the suburbs of Tokyo, that is, everything that is hidden from us or that we don’t want to see. The series began in 2014. She uses high black and white high ISO film because, at the time, she couldn’t afford to process colour film. She took advantage of this situation and explored black and white photography. She played with intense flash lights and grain to avoiding the distractions present in colour photographs and to enhance drama and emotion.

Meg Hewitt decided to devote herself to photography after studying sculpture and painting. Her work has been awarded on numerous occasions. She was selected as a finalist in the prestigious Moran Prize for Contemporary Photography and for the Maggie Diaz Prize for Women, as well as being awarded a silver medal at the Prix de la Photographie. She exhibited the series Tokyo is Yours at the Place M Gallery in Tokyo last year. More on Meg Hewitt here.