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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