Asia Initiatives

The ‘Art for Good’ campaign features the unique work of 12 internationally renowned Japanese photographers. These works have been donated by the photographers for a limited edition portfolio to benefit Asia Initiatives, in order to continue supporting sustainable development initiatives through SoCCs. Each print in the portfolio is individually signed, numbered and presented in a custom designed color anodized aluminum box. These archival prints were digitally printed with Epson Pigment Ink technology on 13 x 19 in. (A3+) Hahnemühle FineArt GmbH Photo Rag™ 460 g/m2 and are guaranteed for 100 years.

To view or purchase the portfolio “Modern Masters of Photography: Japan,” please email info@asiainitiatives.org or call 646-360-4459.

Featured Photographers and their Work

Masahisa Fukase -

Nayoro, 1977

Fukase’s series was inspired by the photographer’s mourning for the unattainable past. The photo features ravens silhouetted against a stark, wintry sky, evoking traditional sumi-e calligraphy.

Eiko Hosoe

Kazuo Ohno Breathing in the Spirit of Shohaku Soga  

Hosoe visually documents legendary butoh dancer Kazuo Ohno.  Hosoe highlights Ohno’s mastery of dance as well as his own appreciation for the subtleties of the human body.

Yasuhiro Ishimoto

Joy of Colour, 2002

In this photograph, Ishimoto focuses on themes that convey the transitory essence of life, including clouds in constantly changing formations and fallen  leaves soaked by the rain.

Kikuji Kawada

Atomic Bomb Dome, Stain, Ceiling, Hiroshima

In high-contrast monochrome film, Kawada captured scenes and symbols of places that were embedded with the memory of violence, embodying a deeply critical message about the nature of nationalism and violence.

Daido Moriyama

Stray Dog, Misawa 1971

Moriyama used harsh contrasts in a grainy, raw, and unfocused manner to depict a dog encountered in 1971 on the streets of Misawa, Aomori Prefecture near a U.S. Air Force base.

Shigeichi Nagano

Monk of Kita Kamakura, 1950

Shot during the American Occupation of Japan, this photo illustrates an intersection and tension between Japan’s traditions and progress in postwar Japan, symbolized by the monk and the speeding train.

Tadayuki Naito

Blue Lotus

Naito’s photo depicts blue lotuses, a legendary sign of peace and hope for the spirit and mind.

Tokihiro Sato 

Photo-Respiration 1998 Yura #340

In his photo, Sato uses a large-format camera fitted with a neutral-density filter, enabling him to walk around his subjects and create a long exposure image that explores ideas of time, space, and transience.

Toshio Shibata -

Yunotani Village, Niigata Prefecture

Shibata explores the development pressures in Japan causing the natural environment to be ravaged as concrete. Shibata explores these sites and the juxtaposition between the finite landscape and the infinite ability of man to impose on that landscape.

Issei Suda

Ginzan Spa, Yamagata, August 26, 1976 from Fushikaden

This is part of Suda’s early work that included stathe performance photography for the Tenjo Sajiki Play Laboratory, expressing the mysteries of everyday life.

Yoshihiko Ueda

Hanna, Hands and Feet, 1998

Ueda depicts an intimate scene of one of Ueda’s children in a culture traditionally reluctant to express emotion in public. Ueda’s mastery of printing techniques evokes strong family ties.

Hiroshi Yamazaki

The Sun Is Longing for the Sea, 1978

Yamazaki uses the technique of heliography to express the variations of the light on the sea.

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