Seen: Gallery Show 2020
Who: Hiroshi Nomura｜Toshiya Watanabe｜Seiji Kumagai｜Daido Moriyama｜Koji Onaka｜Keiko Nomura｜Masako Kakizaki｜Eye Ohashi｜Shinpei Yamagami｜Tracy Templeton
Where: Poetic Scape Gallery
When: June 13 - July 4, 2020 (appointment needed)
Wed. – Fri. 13:00-19:00｜Sat. 11:00-19:00 Closed: Sun.- Tue.
There is a wonderful group exhibition at Poetic Scape in Naka-Meguro featuring a variety of work by eleven photographers represented by the gallery. Everything is interesting and worth a visit- but my personal favorite of the show is Hiroshi Nomura’s facinating Doppelopment series.
Yutenji station, Tokyo
Agfa Optima 1035 with OP-10 flash
Seen: Sanju 傘寿
Who: Nobuyoshi Araki 荒木経惟
When: June 6 – August 15, 2020 (Open 1-7pm. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays)
Many of Tokyo’s art galleries reopened this week- and Art Space AM in Harajuku today opened with a new Nobuyoshi Araki show. Araki, who turned eighty on May 25th, titled this show “Sanju”「傘寿」(“80 years old”). Sanju consists of recent work; large inkjet prints of his bizarre still lives and over 300 polaroids fill the room. This exhibition also incorporates work from an exhibition that was unable to be shown due to the coronavirus emergency.
This series, ”Erokki, Ero-enpitsu”, is a mixed-media set where Araki applied colored pencils (“iro-enpitsu in Japanese) to pages of his older photobooks from the late 1990s. (They’re relatively mild pictures but still out of IG bounds) These pages were then scanned and enlarged to prints about a meter tall.
Araki has been using paint to alter his photos for years, saying that color adds life to the “death” inherent in monochrome. By utilizing older images like this he’s kneading the present into the past. For Araki, the continuum of photography isn’t a line that stretches out- it’s a pulse that orbits a core of ceaseless creation and warmth. He’s always been right there in the middle of it all.
Ueno Park, Tokyo
Mamiya C330 Professional with 55mm f4.5 lens
Nikon F3HP with Nikkor 55mm f2.8 Micro lens
Photographer: Yuta Saito / instagram
Leica M6 with 35mm f2 Summicron lens
Photographer: Ryuji Mugitani / instagram
Ueno Park, Tokyo
Pentax 67 with 105mm f2.4 lens and Sunpack G4500 flash
Contax G2 with Vario-Sonnar T 3.5-5.6/35-70 zoom lens and TLA 140 flash
gelatin silver print, Japan.
(date and location unknown)
found snapshot, Japan.
Place M, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Photographer: Ayumi / instagram