Totem Pole Photo Gallery
Pentax 67TTL with 105mm f2.4 lens
Seen: 路上 Ⅰ / On The Street 1
Where: Totem Pole Photo Gallery, Shinjuku
When: October 3 – 15, 2017 / 12:00 – 7:00pm (closed Mondays)
Fuchikami has settled into his own pacing of exhibitions and has chosen a title for his ongoing series here on out. On The Street is just that- that’s where he is. I’ve written about him here a bit before- and his well worn Pentax 67 always makes a nice addition to TCS. He’s such a consistently straight-shooter- – - no tricks, no gimmicks. (That said, I am less interested than he and so many other Tokyo street photographers are in old men in dresses as subject matter.) His printing is exquisite. Seeing what Kodak Tmax 400 shot through a cruddy forty year old 105mm Pentax 67 lens can do to a sheet of Ilford photo paper is one of those things that you just have to see in person. While the true richness of a silver gelatin print is impossible to transmit electronically, it’s a kind match to the people he photographs the way he does.
Seen: Another Daughter Is Characterized By The Mannerisms Of Hands And Feet もう一人の娘には、手と足の仕草に特徴がある。
Who: Hiroshi Nomura 野村浩
When: October 7 – October 22, 2017 (Thr. – Sat. 1-7pm / Sun. 1-6pm) Closed Mon. x%x Tue.)
Hiroshi Nomura’s Another Daughter is the sister exhibition to Doppelopment , a show held at Poetic Scape in March of 2017. Strands of both entries in this series are intertwined around his daughters- Hana and Nana, twin girls who are eight going on nine.
In Doppelopment the two girls are seen going about their young lives, often pausing for their father’s lens to commemorate a place or moment. The pictures are not unlike those any parent might take, and both girls get equal time in the show and in the original photobook (blue cover) that accompanied the exhibition. However in Another Daughter, it’s Nana that takes the center stage. That’s because she’s unable to be anywhere else. Nana only exists in photographs.
The truth is, Hiroshi Nomura has only one daughter, Hana.
Doppelopment (an original term created from Doppelgänger & (photographic) Development), is a series created through slight digital manipulation and a patient child. Its essence blurs the line between contemporary art and straight photography in such a way that neither category overwhelms the other. It’s not hard to imagine the headline a gimmick-of-the-moment popular photography blog might post (Photographer Photoshops A Twin For His Daughter)- but engaging with the work on a superficial level would be disappointingly limiting. These pictures deserve more than that. In the layers and threads they are bound together by, they reward a viewer with more to consider the longer they are dealt with. The depth of the work operates on a peculiar balance of vagueness and almost frighteningly meticulous graphic design. In Doppelopment, one never quite knows which is Hana and which is Nana. In the photographs they share an equal existence. Nomura states in the text in the second book (pink cover) that Hana’s visible yet fictional doppelgänger Nana grew on him the more he worked on this series. She has presence not only in pictures, but now in his mind as well.
Another Daughter is a fascinating consideration of truth, existence, and love wrapped up in the guise of domestic vernacular photography.
Rollei 35 SE
Photographer: Uchio Uchiyama / instagram
Fujica ST 801 with 55mm f1.8 lens
Photographer: maki_0218 / instagram
“It’s not just the meaning of the image that has changed – the act of looking does not have the same meaning. Now, it’s about showing, sending and maybe remembering. It is no longer essentially about the image. The image for me was always linked to the idea of uniqueness, to a frame and to composition. You produced something that was, in itself, a singular moment. As such, it had a certain sacredness. That whole notion is gone.”
- Wim Wenders
Nikon FM10 with Nikkor AF 50mm f1.8 D lens
Nikon F3 with waist-level finder and 35mm f2 Nikkor lens
Photographer: daiki_film / instagram
Leica M3 with 50mm f1.4 Summilux lens
Photographer: Shinya Eguchi / instagram
Seen: Aa, Koya あゝ荒野
Who: Daido Moriyama 森山大道
Where: B Gallery , Shinjuku
When: September 29 - October 15, 2017
Contax TVSII & Contax G1 with 90mm f2.8 Sonnar lens
Photographer: YAMASHiN / instagram