For one day only, photographer Takashi Homma leads a participatory camera obscura workshop to photograph the Chrysler Building. Step inside a camera!
We are constructing a rooftop camera obscura (also known as a pinhole camera) large enough for participants to step into and make their own photographic print. Saturday, May 2nd, 11am & 2pm.
Space is extremely limited. Please send an email to <email@example.com> to apply for a reservation. Note: This does not guarantee a reservation to the workshop. We will respond to your email to let you know if we can accommodate your requested reservation. If your application is accepted, we will inform you of the venue address and access information.
Once inside the camera, participants will see a reverse image of the city projected into the camera. Takashi Homma will give a 10-minute lecture about the history of the camera obscura, discussing how painters used this camera technique to improve accuracy in their paintings. Participants will be given a white sheet onto which to draw a trace of the projected cityscape. Next, we will use instant film placed in the same position as the drawing that was just completed. Participants will go home with 6x6 instant film original print. Note: Results depend on weather conditions.
There are two sessions available: 11am and 2pm. Seating is limited to only 7 participants per time slot. Participation in the workshops requires advance reservation. This is a free event.
NOTE: THERE IS CONSTRUCTION IN THE BUILDING. PLEASE USE THE ENTRANCE AT 110 EAST 41st STREET (between 6th & Broadway).
EVERYONE IS WELCOME. PLEASE ATTEND.
Shashin Festival (www.photographyfromjapan.com) Chief Director, Ivan Vartanian, introduces the work of several contemporary Japanese photographers, followed by three photographer presentations.
Photography from Japan has been a subject of interest for researchers, photographers, publishers, and collectors alike. This talk will focus on recent photography from Japan of the last several years and present a rich slideshow presentation. Three of the rising stars of these new wave of exciting photographers will be present to present their own work to the audience: Yusuke Yamatani, Mayumi Hosokura, and Daisuke Yokota.
Ivan Vartanian is the founder of Goliga, an independent publisher based in Tokyo, where Ivan has lived for the past 17 years. Under this imprint, Vartanian produces, edits, and publishes limited editions, experimental book works, and photography-based events. He is the co-author of Japanese Photobooks of the 1960s & 70s, See/Saw: Connections Between Japanese Art Then and Now, and many other books focused on the intersection of the Japanese and global art and media worlds.
Vartanian curates the on-going exhibition “Contemporary Japanese Photobooks,” originating at Le Bal, Paris (2011) and most recently traveling to the Photographers’ Gallery, London (2012) and Kyoto’s Kyotographie exhibition (2014).
To learn more about Ivan and the world of Japanese photobooks, you can view an episode of the NHK Japanophile series at: http://youtu.be/cUDN5MzpTnw.
After working for Photo Studio, he relocated in Nagasaki where he met Tomatsu Shomei and other photographers. He gained actual knowledge and technique of photography by interacting with them and getting started as an artist. Since then, with his sensitive perspective as one of outsiders, he has been photographing of everyday life in underground communities by integrating himself into their life by living and hanging out with them, traveling to various cities such as a squat in Milano and punks in South East Asia.
Yamatani’s work is currently on view through May 9th at Alison Bradley Projects Taka Ishii Gallery New York 23 E 67th Street, New York.
Mayumi Hosokura (b. 1979 Kyoto, Japan) graduated in 2005 in photography at the Nihon University, College of Art in Tokyo. Her work has amongst others been exhibited at the Yokohama Photo Festival, G/P Gallery in Tokyo and & Foam in Amsterdam. Her portfolio was published in Foam Magazine Talent Issue no 28.
Selected as one of Foam Magazine’s Talents for 2013, Yokota has developed a highly unusual working process: photographing and rephotographing, working and reworking images, adding layers of alteration and distortion, embracing chance—each modification revealing fresh possibilities for the next image. Daisuke Yokota's website: http://daisukeyokota.net
Gallery Talk by Dr. Miwako Tezuka, Japan Society
Sunday, April 26, 3:00 to 5:00pm
In conjunction with the exhibition Shozo Kitadai: Forms of Experiment & Imagination and the Shashin Symposium: Photography from Japan, the Taka Ishii Gallery New York presents a gallery talk by Dr. Miwako Tezuka, Gallery Director of the Japan Society. The presentation will include a rare film screening of Unknown World (1953), an 8'46" auto-slide film by Jikken Kobo (Experimental Workshop), a post-war Japanese avant-garde art group, representing the highly collaborative aspect of this collective. This is the first time the film will be shown in the United States.
A reception will follow.
One-day pop-up event hosted by the School of the International Center of Photography, feature a cluster of exciting photo events:
11:00 to 12:30 pm, Lecture
The Japanese Photobook: A Lecture by Ryuichi Kaneko, the world's leading expert on the subject. Mr. Kankeko's lecture will be followed by a discussion with ICP's senior curator Christopher Phillips. This is event is Free and open to the general public. Seating is limited so please reserve your seat here:
12:30 to 4:00pm, Photobook Pop-up Shop
A curated selection of recent, headline titles:
- Photobooks by publisher bookshop M http://bookshop-m.com
- Book signing with Yoshihiko Ueda
- Exclusive limited-edition by legendary photography Kikuji Kawada, produced for the Shashin Festival
- Aperture Foundation sales advance copies of their spring 2015 issue, "The Tokyo Issue" as well as giving out advance copies of their PhotoBook Review.
This event is open to the public and free to attend. Books are available on a first-come-first-served basis.
Atelier Boba limited edition of seven portfolios of piezography prints from Nakagawa’s Gama series. The portfolio includes 10 digital carbon prints on Awagami Kozo paper and a signed GAMA Caves publication.
The subject of Nakagawa’s latest book, Gama Caves is a continuation of his focus on the landscape of Okinawa and its place in history, and is the final chapter in his series, Okinawa Trilogy.
Stemming from his personal fascination with Okinawan history and culture, Nakagawa captured the battle-scarred cliffs, Banta in 2008. Concurrently, he photographed the contemporary landscape indexing significant historical sites for his series Remains, 2001–2009. Spurred on by the news that Japanese high school history textbooks would exclude the Japanese army’s involvement in the atrocities of the Battle of Okinawa, Nakagawa— with the encouragement of his wife (a native Okinawan), a blessing from the yuta (shaman), and with guidance from the area locals— embarked on a journey into the caves.
The resulting images beg the viewer to take their time; as the darkness of the cave falls away, fragments become clearer: remnants of a shrine, graffiti scratched into rocks, bones, the shimmering colors of the limestone, walls burned by American flamethrowers, debris from the ocean, crushed rice bowls, bottles. Gama Caves reveals the passage of time hidden in the constancy of darkness.
10x10 Photobooks in association with Shashin: Photography from Japan shall be shaking it up at Resobox LIC, NY with 10x10 Photobooks Shashin Zine Fest NYC on 18-26 April 2015. This is a pop up event featuring photographic based zines from artists from Japan and the Japanese diaspora around the world. As a result of an open call for submissions these zines shall be on display for one week at the Resobox Gallery our pop up hosts (near PS1). These materials shall also be available for purchase. During this event there shall be dj’s playing music much of which shall have a Japanese edge. There shall also be the screening of short video art pieces during a zine fest of music, food, drinks and conversation.
Weekdays from 11:00AM – 5:00PM (closed Tuesdays), Weekends from 12:00PM – 8:00PM