Opening Reception, Saturday April 25, 6-9pm
Emi Anrakuji’s new exhibition ”1800 Millimètre,” references her hospitalization from her mid 20's to her early 30's. Bound to a sickbed unable to hold even a pen, Anrakuji discovered that a camera could be used to transcend her extremely limited physical environment. During her gradual recovery, her body and mortality became the obsessions that still continue in her work today. Her ongoing pain, irritation, and resignation inform the 15 b&w and 5 color images of this exhibition and resonate with the work of well-known poet Shiki Masaoka and his collection of essays entitled "Byōshō rokushaku" (The Six-foot Sickbed) which he completed just before he died at age 35. (Image credit: Untitled 244 (from the series1800 Millimètre), gelatin silver print, 2015, 7 x 9.5 in.)
FOTO-CARE GALLERY PRESENTS
Land: Photographs By Uruma Takezawa
Winner Of Third Nikkei National Geographic Photo Prize
In March of 2010, Takezawa embarked on an extraordinary and rigorous photographic journey that would last 1,021 days and take him to 103 countries on four continents. His mission was to discover and document people and communities located in remote areas of the world who live off the land in harmony with the natural world. Armed only with a small backpack of personal belongings and his camera equipment, Takezawa travelled alone by bus, train, and car, on foot and horseback, and even kayaking down rivers, often enduring tough terrains, to reach his destinations.
The results of Takezawa’s enlightening journey are gathered together in a body of work that Takezawa simply calls “Land,” as for him the work is intended as a celebration of the connection that exists between people and the land, especially in communities who are cut off from the modern world, and who rely solely on the land for subsistence. Takezawa’s beautiful and luminous photographs capture the dignity and resilience of his subjects and the power of the human spirit.
Opening Reception: April 21st from 6:30 pm.
Alison Bradley Projects is pleased to introduce Japanese photographer Yusuke Yamatani (b. 1985) and his works to the United States for the first time. The private view will feature prints from his groundbreaking series "Tsugi no yoru e (Onto the next night)," shot in Osaka in 2010 with his community of friends in the skateboard and underground music scene. Also on view are several pieces from his series "Ground," a series of unique color images made of a club floor and then placed down to be danced upon and tracked, leaving abstracted traces of the night's revelry on the photographic print. The artist will be present for the reception at the gallery.
Additionally, Yamatani will be in conversation with Dr. Miwako Tezuka, Gallery Director of Japan Society, on Friday, April 17, as part of the VIP program of AIPAD, on the subject of the legacy of Japanese post-war photography and on the artist's relationship with the legendary Shomei Tomatsu.
Reception with the Artist: April 19, Sunday, 4:00pm to 7:00pm
For all press inquiries and to RSVP to the April 19 artist reception, contact: Miyuki Hinton firstname.lastname@example.org
+81 GALLERY is pleased to present Hanayo’s exhibition from Apr 17th through May 3rd, 2015. Hanayo is known as among many things; novice Geisha, model, and performer. Recently she has been acclaimed as a photographer even though she doesn’t call herself a “photographer.” The exhibition features her photographs taken during her time in Berlin, Paris, London, New York and Tokyo over the course of 17 years.
After forays into New York, Roma and Moscow, the American photographer visited Japan in 1961. The resulting outstanding work affirmed his personal approach: the production of “photo-journals” that lie at the intersection of historical documentation and personal diaries. Guided through the Japanese capital by a group of official representatives, Klein defied prohibitions and taboos to create images bordering on insolence: he photographed a geisha in her private quarters, witnessed a cosmetic surgery meant to correct slanted eyes, captured the buoyancy of the Tokyo Stock Exchange and did a close-up portrait of the imperial couple. Eventually, he escaped his escorts to plunge deep into a city then in the midst of great mutation. The 1964 Olympics marked Tokyo’s entrance into the modern era. He then shot prostitutes applying their make-up, mingled with children in front of the imperial palace, followed passengers in the subway, snapped storefronts and the ever-intoxicating neon signs at night; he tracked Kazuo Ohno, cofounder of Butoh dance, through the Tokyo streets and attended a special performance of ‘boxing painting’ by the famous artist Ushio Shinohara.
As an American in postwar Japan, Klein shared, through photographs, his encounters with the inhabitants of the megalopolis, from the powerful to the artistic avant-garde. The large black and white prints and painted contacts on view at Polka Galerie confirm the uniqueness of his vision and, once again, testify to his genius. Nowadays, Klein is considered to be one of the most emblematic figures of the international art scene. His photographs were published in 1964 in Tokyo (Zokeisha Publ.), now one of the most important book in the history of photography. Partnering with Polka Galerie, the Japanese publisher Akio Nagasawa released in December 2014 a new edition, Tokyo 1961. Signed and numbered (1,000 copies), the book is available at the gallery.
The exhibition will feature over 20 landscapes that explore the many ways in which water reflects the colors of the sky and the surrounding landscape. From long exposures of silk-like water cascading down a dam, to bifurcated resevoirs where buoys break the wind and create a shimmering surface, Shibata reveals the many moods that water can convey when it is influenced by man made structures and natural boundaries.
Pace/MacGill Gallery is pleased to present Tomoko Sawada: My Faces and Ken Kitano: our face – prayers, on view from February 26 through April 25, 2015. In their debut exhibitions at the gallery, Japanese photographers Tomoko Sawada and Ken Kitano examine the formation of social, cultural, and personal identity through portraiture. The public is invited to attend an opening reception with the artists on Thursday, February 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
Thanks to the development of new technology and social media, more photographs are created, viewed, and shared today than ever before. Public Eye, the first-ever retrospective survey of photography organized by New York Public Library, takes advantage of this moment to reframe the way we look at photographs from the past. What are some of the platforms and networks through which photographs have been shared? In what ways have we, as photography’s public and one of its subjects, been engaged over time? To what ends has the street served as a venue for photographic practice since its beginnings? And, of more recent concern, are we risking our privacy in pursuit of a more public photography? Ranging from photography’s official announcement in 1839 to manifestations of its current pervasiveness, this landmark exhibition, drawn entirely from the Library’s collections, explores the various ways in which photography has been shared and made public. Photography has always been social. Public Eye includes the work of the following Japanese photographers: Yosuke Yamahata, Takuma Nakahira, Daido Moriyama, and Yoshikazu Suzuki.