Pentax 67II with 105mm f2.4 lens
Konica Big Mini F
Seen: Shonen Densetsu 少年伝説
Who: Mitsugu Ohnishi 大西みつぐ
Where: Kiyoyuki Kuwabara AG
When: July 17th – August 10th, 2019
Mitsugu Ohnishi’s color snapshots from the early 1980s are simply fantastic. Shot on slide film through his Minolta CLE & 40mm lens, the slides were recently scanned and presented as inkjet prints for this exhibition.
A book of this work would be well received, I’m sure.
Kiyoyuki Kuwabara AG, Kanda, Tokyo
Seen: That Bright Planet
Where: Totem Pole Photo Gallery, Shinjuku
When: August 6 – 18, 2019 / Open 12:00-19:00 / (Closed Mondays)
With “That Bright Planet” Takahiro Mizushima has transformed Totem Pole into his own photo-made world. He’s broken out beyond the walls onto the floor- a sixteen minute slideshow of even more images are set up on a screen in the middle of the space.
Mizushima only shoots film- and this is his first show since switching from 35mm to a Pentax 645 and Kodak Ektar 100. This technical level-up enriches his already keen eye- the depth of the larger negative allows for even more odd details to be revealed.
His work might seem simple at first- but closer inspection gives way to hints and improbabilities that leave you scratching your head. His work is all about 出会い- encounters. Indeed, 99 of the people in his images are strangers he met and asked to photograph. The way the subjects demonstrate their acceptance of photographer in how they pose and present themselves tells a lot about the nature of the man behind the camera.
Seen: SHIBUYA / 森山大道 / NEXT GEN (website)
Who: Daido Moriyama
Where: 63 locations in Shibuya, Tokyo
When: August 2 – 15, 2019
While Shinjuku might have been a bit more apt, Daido Moriyama’s Greatest Hits are up in and around Shibuya this summer. Paper and Google Maps help viewers locate the work- finding the pictures is a major part of the fun. It’s a show that’s fitting for the current age in so many ways.
This being Japan I can only imagine that contacting the owners of the all the walls and buildings these pictures are on must have taken a long time- not to mention the city-governmental red-tape, as each print has the requisite permission notification attached.
It would be good for everyone if more cities exhibited photography in public spaces like this.
Seen: CITY CONFESSIONS TOKYO
Where: Super Labo Store Tokyo , Jimbocho
When: August 2 – September 2, 2019 (Open 1-7pm. Closed Mondays)
CITY CONFESSIONS TOKYO」is the first entry in an ongoing series focusing on Ed Templeton’s experiences and photos taken in particular cities around the world. Both the book and exhibition feature photographs from Ed’s visits to Tokyo- the first of which was in 1998.
I’ve written a bit already on this book- here’s an excerpt from a longer piece of yet unpublished writing:
What I like about Ed is how gives everything and everyone he’s around a chance. He’s “real” in a way that most people are afraid to let themselves be. He’s got that rare strain of open-mindedness that’s fueled by honest curiosity, not an appeal to virtue.
The combination of a ready camera and an open mind creates the potential to take pictures like Ed’s- – ones that demonstrate acceptance of how a
particular thing or person at a moment was, and not how they ought to be.
The physicality of Ed’s work is celebrated in this show. Prints are often painted and written upon- he does this thing where the image is cut/torn from the full sheet of paper and window-matted just ever so close to the edge.
Exhibited simeotaneously at Super Labo are a limited edition series of Ed’s illustrations/screenprints titled “Stray Thoughts Girls” and a charming series of Instax Square shots by Deanna Templeton titled Yesterday. These pictures have been published by Super Labo in zine-form, too. The print quality is outstanding- it’s rare for any instant photo to be reproduced this well.
Both Ed’s and Deanna’s new (and older!) Super Labo books are available in the gallery or online via the Super Labo website.
Konica Hexar Rhodium
Tokyo Museum of Photographic Art, Ebisu, Tokyo
Leica M2 with 50mm f2 Summicron lens
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