Sunday, September 19, 2010

A Few Pictures That Caught My Eye

Like any art fair, Tokyo Photo has a real mix. Many of the big international names are being shown - Eggleston, Friedlander,
Cartier-Bresson, Chris Bucklow - but what interests me are things that seem uniquely Japanese in an original way. And you have to hunt for those. Nevertheless, here are a few things that caught my eye. Above "Form #1" by Miwa Nishimura. Click on the image to see the wigs that have been digitally added to each seagull.

Below: From Sohei Nishino's ongoing series of dioramas done in cities all over the world. It's a painstaking process where he spends weeks photographing the city from many hundreds of different vantage points. Then back in the studio he begins to assemble the individual frames from the contact strips into a collage that takes several months to create. The collage is then photographed and editioned into three sizes.

London Diorama by Sohei Nishino.

Detail from the above diorama.

Two prints from Haruko Nakamura's 19 print series "The Gift from the Sea".

What's selling is sex. Misato Kuroda's series "Sawako".

And last but not least - an early Chicago picture by the master photographer Yasuhiro Ishimoto.


Anonymous said...

Funny but most of the works remind me of works by Western artists:

Sohei Nishino's work reminds me of the contructed landscapes of Barry Frylender or David Hockney with a bit of Salgado.

Haruko Nakamura mines the same matriarchal ladscape as Justine Kurland.

Misato Kuroda (Araki meets John Baldessari?) It is truly hard to be completely original in the internet age...Daido Moriyama was probably the last true Japanese original.

J.P. said...

That Ishimoto photograph is wonderful. What gallery is showing it?

Letterpress said...

I love "Gift from the Sea" especially because of the overtones from the book of the same name. Delightful.

Sabina said...

The Gift from the Sea photos really caught my eye :)
I'd be glad if you found the time to visit my blog - if you like it (and I hope you will), feel free to comment and follow of course (Who would have thought, huh? :)))

Annie Wright said...

I had never heard of Sohei Nishino. Many thanks for the introduction!