Category Archives: Japanese

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yamasaki ko-ji : photography

a selection of abstract, black and white, street photography…

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yamasaki ko-ji : photography

a selection of abstract, black and white, street photography…

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Kikuji Kawada : ‘Chizu – The Map’ Series (Photography Book)

No photobook has been more successful in combining graphic design with complex photographic narrative… [as its] various layers inside [are] peeled away like archaeological strata, the whole process of viewing the book becomes one of uncovering and contemplating the ramifications of recent Japanese history

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Kikuji Kawada : ‘Chizu – The Map’ Series (Photography Book)

No photobook has been more successful in combining graphic design with complex photographic narrative… [as its] various layers inside [are] peeled away like archaeological strata, the whole process of viewing the book becomes one of uncovering and contemplating the ramifications of recent Japanese history

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Taku Aramasa : Photography (Pinhole Camera)

Presented in Sakura are black and white pinhole photographs of the glorious displays of blooming cherry trees at the time of Sakura Matsuri, the annual cherry blossom festival in Japan. Aramasa employs the pinhole process for this series, a primitive photographic technique that functions like a miniature camera obscura, where light passes through tiny opening in a lensless camera and registers the image directly on film.

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Taku Aramasa : Photography (Pinhole Camera)

Presented in Sakura are black and white pinhole photographs of the glorious displays of blooming cherry trees at the time of Sakura Matsuri, the annual cherry blossom festival in Japan. Aramasa employs the pinhole process for this series, a primitive photographic technique that functions like a miniature camera obscura, where light passes through tiny opening in a lensless camera and registers the image directly on film.

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Kansuke Yamamoto : Photography

Kansuke Yamamoto (1914-1987) was a seminal experimental photographer, poet and member of the Japanese avant-garde who was active in Japan from 1931 until 1987. A true hidden treasure in the world of photography.

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Kansuke Yamamoto : Photography

Kansuke Yamamoto (1914-1987) was a seminal experimental photographer, poet and member of the Japanese avant-garde who was active in Japan from 1931 until 1987. A true hidden treasure in the world of photography.

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Mayumi Terada : ‘Dollhouses’ (Photography)

There is a feeling of distinct absence about these spaces, a lingering absence, an intentional view of a reality that once existed, but has since disappeared. Terada’s photographs defer any rational sense of scale, lending a peculiar, less than ordinary, perspective to the rooms and an uncanny sense of proportion.

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Mayumi Terada : ‘Dollhouses’ (Photography)

There is a feeling of distinct absence about these spaces, a lingering absence, an intentional view of a reality that once existed, but has since disappeared. Terada’s photographs defer any rational sense of scale, lending a peculiar, less than ordinary, perspective to the rooms and an uncanny sense of proportion.

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Shinichi Maruyama : “Kusho” Series (Photography)

The ‘Kusho’ series consists of twenty-three large scale colour photographs that represent the interplay of black ink and water, both in midair and on white surfaces. The phenomenon that Maruyama captures of the two liquids colliding a millisecond before they merge is the result of various actions and devices.

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Shinichi Maruyama : “Kusho” Series (Photography)

The ‘Kusho’ series consists of twenty-three large scale colour photographs that represent the interplay of black ink and water, both in midair and on white surfaces. The phenomenon that Maruyama captures of the two liquids colliding a millisecond before they merge is the result of various actions and devices.

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Masao Yamamoto : Photography Series

Masao Yamamoto is inspired by the Japanese philosophy of Zen, and the belief that meditation and the pursuit of beauty play an essential role in the development of human beings. Yamamoto’s philosophical and spiritual roots contribute to his distinctive photographic style, in which the ordinary is revealed as something extraordinary.

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Masao Yamamoto : Photography Series

Masao Yamamoto is inspired by the Japanese philosophy of Zen, and the belief that meditation and the pursuit of beauty play an essential role in the development of human beings. Yamamoto’s philosophical and spiritual roots contribute to his distinctive photographic style, in which the ordinary is revealed as something extraordinary.

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Daido Moriyama : Photography Series

Daido Moriyama (b.1938, Osaka) is one of Japan’s leading figures in photography. Witness to the spectacular changes that transformed post WWII Japan, his black and white photographs express a fascination with the cultural contradictions of age-old traditions that persist within modern society. Providing a harsh, crude vision of city life and the chaos of everyday existence,

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Daido Moriyama : Photography Series

Daido Moriyama (b.1938, Osaka) is one of Japan’s leading figures in photography. Witness to the spectacular changes that transformed post WWII Japan, his black and white photographs express a fascination with the cultural contradictions of age-old traditions that persist within modern society. Providing a harsh, crude vision of city life and the chaos of everyday existence,

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Yasuhiro Ogawa : Photography Series

Born in 1968, Kanagawa, Japan. Started to take pictures at the age of 24, influenced by the work of Sebastiao Salgado. The first exhibition titled “Futashika-na-Chizu” was held at Ginza Kodak Photo-salon, Tokyo, in 1999. Since then, his work has appeared in many publications in Japan. This year Ogawa won the prestigious Newcomer’s Award from the Photographic Society of Japan for his Slowly Down the River work, from which a couple of these come. The work centers around the construction of the Three Gorges Dam in China, and the profound changes wrought by this massive development.

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Yasuhiro Ogawa : Photography Series

Born in 1968, Kanagawa, Japan. Started to take pictures at the age of 24, influenced by the work of Sebastiao Salgado. The first exhibition titled “Futashika-na-Chizu” was held at Ginza Kodak Photo-salon, Tokyo, in 1999. Since then, his work has appeared in many publications in Japan. This year Ogawa won the prestigious Newcomer’s Award from the Photographic Society of Japan for his Slowly Down the River work, from which a couple of these come. The work centers around the construction of the Three Gorges Dam in China, and the profound changes wrought by this massive development.

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Daido Moriyama : Photography Series

Moriyama emerged as a photographer in the 1960’s at the tail end of the VIVO collective, a revolutionary and highly influential group of Japanese artists who reexamined the conventions of photography during the tumultuous postwar period. William Klein’s loose, Beat style images of New York City in the 1960s also served as a major turning point for Moriyama, who found inspiration in Klein’s free-form photographic style.

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Daido Moriyama : Photography Series

Moriyama emerged as a photographer in the 1960’s at the tail end of the VIVO collective, a revolutionary and highly influential group of Japanese artists who reexamined the conventions of photography during the tumultuous postwar period. William Klein’s loose, Beat style images of New York City in the 1960s also served as a major turning point for Moriyama, who found inspiration in Klein’s free-form photographic style.

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Hiroshi Watanabe : Photography Series

I go to places that captivate and intrigue me. I am interested in what humans do. I seek to capture people, traditions, and locales that first and foremost are of personal interest. I immerse myself with information on the places prior to leaving, but I try to avoid firm, preconceived ideas.

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Hiroshi Watanabe : Photography Series

I go to places that captivate and intrigue me. I am interested in what humans do. I seek to capture people, traditions, and locales that first and foremost are of personal interest. I immerse myself with information on the places prior to leaving, but I try to avoid firm, preconceived ideas.

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Ishimoto Yasuhiro : ‘Katsura Imperial Villa’ (Photography)

‘I feel that there is a kind of fateful link between Bauhaus and me. I would like to donate fifty-five of my photographs to the Bauhaus Archive Berlin’, said Ishimoto Yasuhiro in a letter to the Bauhaus Archive…

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Ishimoto Yasuhiro : ‘Katsura Imperial Villa’ (Photography)

‘I feel that there is a kind of fateful link between Bauhaus and me. I would like to donate fifty-five of my photographs to the Bauhaus Archive Berlin’, said Ishimoto Yasuhiro in a letter to the Bauhaus Archive…

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Morishita Daisuke : Photography Series

Born in Aichi, Japan. – Graduated from Tokyo College of Photography. – Now live in Yokohama.

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Morishita Daisuke : Photography Series

Born in Aichi, Japan. – Graduated from Tokyo College of Photography. – Now live in Yokohama.

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Ikko Narahara : Photography Series

One of the co-founders of the legendary photo agency VIVO ( Shomei Tomatsu, Eikoh Hosoe, Kikuji Kawada, and others ), which was to be the epicenter for a new generation of Japanese photographers.

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Ikko Narahara : Photography Series

One of the co-founders of the legendary photo agency VIVO ( Shomei Tomatsu, Eikoh Hosoe, Kikuji Kawada, and others ), which was to be the epicenter for a new generation of Japanese photographers.

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Junku Nishimura : Street Photography

Junku Nishimura is a Japanese street photographer. Looking through Junku’s pictures is like discovering an old dusty attic album of beautiful, vintage photographs taken in another time, another surreal place. His subjects are mysterious, alluring, and appear trapped within a moment in a timeless tale

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Junku Nishimura : Street Photography

Junku Nishimura is a Japanese street photographer. Looking through Junku’s pictures is like discovering an old dusty attic album of beautiful, vintage photographs taken in another time, another surreal place. His subjects are mysterious, alluring, and appear trapped within a moment in a timeless tale

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Tomomichi Morifuji (arha) : Photography Series

arha = ah – When we are moved, when we feel, when reminded of something. – We mutter ‘ah’

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Tomomichi Morifuji (arha) : Photography Series

arha = ah – When we are moved, when we feel, when reminded of something. – We mutter ‘ah’

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Yutaka Takanashi : Photography Series

Takanashi was one of the founding members of the short-lived avant-garde group Provoke, known for their grainy, blurry black and white aesthetic, and those pictures, like that of the other “Provoke” artists of the time, were grainy in the extreme, poised between carefree and careless, and without any focus.

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Yutaka Takanashi : Photography Series

Takanashi was one of the founding members of the short-lived avant-garde group Provoke, known for their grainy, blurry black and white aesthetic, and those pictures, like that of the other “Provoke” artists of the time, were grainy in the extreme, poised between carefree and careless, and without any focus.

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Takuma Nakahira: For a Language to Come (Photography Series)

Takahira wrote that “Extremely grainy images and intentionally unfocussed photographs in particular, have already become mere decoration.” I can think of many examples where that might be true, but Nakahira’s case, it most definitely is not.

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Takuma Nakahira: For a Language to Come (Photography Series)

Takahira wrote that “Extremely grainy images and intentionally unfocussed photographs in particular, have already become mere decoration.” I can think of many examples where that might be true, but Nakahira’s case, it most definitely is not.

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Takuma Nakahira: For a Language to Come (Photography Series 2)

“For a Language to Come” is recorded in the history of photography as the first photobook by Takuma Nakahira, the photographer who brought about a turning point in contemporary Japanese photography from the late 1960s to the early 1970s

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Takuma Nakahira: For a Language to Come (Photography Series 2)

“For a Language to Come” is recorded in the history of photography as the first photobook by Takuma Nakahira, the photographer who brought about a turning point in contemporary Japanese photography from the late 1960s to the early 1970s

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Reiko Imoto : ‘Visions of The Other Side’ Series (Photography)

These images represent surreal moments that I see in everyday life. On the street, or wherever I go, the hidden side of ordinary things attract my eye. To me, photography is a tool to expand ways of seeing the mysteries that I used to see easily when I was a little child.

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Reiko Imoto : ‘Visions of The Other Side’ Series (Photography)

These images represent surreal moments that I see in everyday life. On the street, or wherever I go, the hidden side of ordinary things attract my eye. To me, photography is a tool to expand ways of seeing the mysteries that I used to see easily when I was a little child.

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Issei Suda : Photography Series

Often his photographs are suspended in time, either one moment too soon or too late, allowing for an unsettling effect on the viewer. His fascination continues in photographic scenes remembered from days past and preserved regardless of time.

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Issei Suda : Photography Series

Often his photographs are suspended in time, either one moment too soon or too late, allowing for an unsettling effect on the viewer. His fascination continues in photographic scenes remembered from days past and preserved regardless of time.

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Masako Miyazaki The Other Side Series (Photography)

Masako Miyazaki’s book The Other Side, was published in late 2011 by Tosei-sha. On viewing it feels like you’re being taken by the hand on a journey into different places. That is not just physical locations, but places in the mind.

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Masako Miyazaki The Other Side Series (Photography)

Masako Miyazaki’s book The Other Side, was published in late 2011 by Tosei-sha. On viewing it feels like you’re being taken by the hand on a journey into different places. That is not just physical locations, but places in the mind.

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Shomei Tomatsu : Photography Series

Tomatsu’s radical approach – his freeform, expressionist style, odd camera angles, strange cropping and framing – has been reappraised and he is now seen, ironically enough, as one of the pioneers of the Provoke era. He is famously reclusive and has never ventured outside Japan.

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Shomei Tomatsu : Photography Series

Tomatsu’s radical approach – his freeform, expressionist style, odd camera angles, strange cropping and framing – has been reappraised and he is now seen, ironically enough, as one of the pioneers of the Provoke era. He is famously reclusive and has never ventured outside Japan.

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Reiko Imoto : ‘Dreams of The Amnesiac’ Series (Photography)

This body of work is about my feeling of forgetting. Sometimes I cannot remember my dream after waking up, even though I know I had a dream and I try to recall it very much. What I remember is only a feeling or mood from the dream without visual evidence.

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Reiko Imoto : ‘Dreams of The Amnesiac’ Series (Photography)

This body of work is about my feeling of forgetting. Sometimes I cannot remember my dream after waking up, even though I know I had a dream and I try to recall it very much. What I remember is only a feeling or mood from the dream without visual evidence.

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Masahisa Fukase: The Solitude of Ravens (Photography Series)

Masahisa Fukase is considered to be both a legend and an enigma in his native Japan. For a culture that is traditionally reluctant to expose emotion in public, the expressionistic character of his work was, in part, the result of the development of the generation that evolved after WWII.

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Masahisa Fukase: The Solitude of Ravens (Photography Series)

Masahisa Fukase is considered to be both a legend and an enigma in his native Japan. For a culture that is traditionally reluctant to expose emotion in public, the expressionistic character of his work was, in part, the result of the development of the generation that evolved after WWII.

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Eikoh Hosoe : Photography Series

“To me photography can be simultaneously a record and a ‘mirror’ or ‘window’ of self-expression. The camera is generally assumed to be unable to depict that which is not visible to the eye. And yet the photographer who wields it well can depict what lies unseen in his memory…”

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Eikoh Hosoe : Photography Series

“To me photography can be simultaneously a record and a ‘mirror’ or ‘window’ of self-expression. The camera is generally assumed to be unable to depict that which is not visible to the eye. And yet the photographer who wields it well can depict what lies unseen in his memory…”