Project UrbEx

Adventures in ghost towns, wastelands and other forgotten worlds


This book is not yet published, but will be available from March 2024.

ISBN: 9780500026946 Category:

Ikumi Nakamura


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

Project UrbEx documents a multitude of abandoned spaces – from decaying hotels and ex-military sites to disued factories to haunted hospitals -all seen through the eyes of the much-loved videogame creative Ikumi Nakamura. Much more than a photographic album, the book combines playful and humorous travel writing, videogame design theory, survival horror aesthetics and even manga comic illustrations – Project UrbEx offers a truly unique global adventure.

Project UrbEx features a foreword by videogame-designer-turned-photographer Liam Wong, one of Thames & Hudson’s most popular photobook authors and now part of Nakamura’s new videogame studio UNSEEN.

Additional information

Weight 1388 g
Dimensions 21.5 x 28.9 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 7 March 2024
Number of pages 256
Format Hardback
Dimensions 21.5 x 28.9 cm
Weight 1388 g


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Ikumi Nakamura is an independent creative, explorer and videogame designer. Since 2004 she has explored and photographed abandoned and uninhabited places and spaces across Europe, Asia and the United States to find inspiration for her games. Influenced by the videogame S.T.A.L.K.E.R., she created a mysterious style of wearing a hoodie and gas mask when exploring. She also aspires to become a secrets hunter on the Japanese TV show Discovery of the World's Mysteries. The experiences and records of her photography pursuits are published on the website Tomboy Urbex.