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Film Screening, Documentaries on Takuma Nakahira

  • SVA Theater 333 W 23rd St New York, NY, 10011 United States (map)
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Takuma Nakahira is not a well-recognized name outside of the world of Japanese photography. However, his influence on generations of photographers in Japan has been substantial and continues to this day. Nakahira's existence is so enigmatic and entwined with photography that he and his work has sustained the attention of many photographers, writers, and researchers alike. This event presents a double feature: two documentaries about the same photographer. The first documentary is shot by photographer Takashi Homma, Extremely Good Landscapes (2004). The second is a documentary shot over three years by a photography curator, Masashi Kohara. 

Kiwamete yoi fukei [Extremely Good Landscapes], 2004. 
16 mm film in color, 40 minutes. 
Directed by Takashi Homma.
Produced by and distributed by Little More, Tokyo; Slow Learner, Tokyo.

In the late 1960s, photographer Takuma Nakahira published the legendary photography magazine Provoke with Daido Moriyama. With this edgy writings and photographs, Nakahira rejected preexisting photographic expression. In 1977, an alcohol-induced coma resulted in a permanent partial memory loss. In the following years, with gradual recovery, Nakahira started photographing stray cats, homeless, and thatched roofs in the neighborhood near his home in a monomaniac manner. This is documentary is a portrait of the Nakahira's daily life. Directed by photographer Takashi Homma.

The Man Who Became a Camera, 2003.
Color video, 91 minutes.
Directed and produced by Masashi Kohara.

Masashi Kohara (b. 1978) is a documentary filmmaker as well as an adjunct professor at Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo Polytechnic University and a photography curator at the Izu Photo Museum. He has organized exhibitions for Nobuyoshi Araki, Manabu Miyazaki, Tazuko Mashiyama, Ichiro Kojima, and Seiichi Furuya, among others. For his essay, "Nakahira Takuma: The Man Who Became A Camera," he was awarded the 10th Shigemori Koen Photography Critic Award.