Featured Photographers and their Work
Masahisa Fukase - (1934-2012)
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.
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- (1921-2012)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Naito’s photo depicts blue lotuses, a legendary sign of peace and hope for the spirit and mind.
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.
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.
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- (1946-2017)
The Sun Is Longing for the Sea, 1978
Yamazaki uses the technique of heliography to express the variations of the light on the sea.