My base

– Photographic artists in 1970’s from Kurenboh collection –
September 30th – December 5th 2009

Because I was born in the 1960s, the 1970s was the initial stage for me to become a photography-obsessed boy. It all began from my viewing the works of renowned photographers Ken Domon and Ihei Kimura when I was in elementary school. I obtained my own camera in seventh grade, and was still preoccupied with photography when I graduated from high school. This led me to move to America to pursue my studies. This was the primary period in which I developed my own self, while also going through impressionable stages that went from my taking imitative expressions to photographic works that enabled me to believe in myself in my own way. What were my eyes seeing during that period? The 1970s was a period when the 1960s-fervent atmosphere in Japan still lingered. In this state of economic growth, a sense of exhilaration and a sense of insecurity intermingled within people’s minds. The radical cultural changes that I saw in camera magazines and at art exhibitions, which I often toured around at the time, made the boy in me feel quite high spirited. Photography might have been the tool that allowed me to act like a “delinquent youth.” It could also have been a means for me to sense my true encounter with the Buddha. This exhibition is being held to contemplate the photographic works of the artists that my boyhood eyes appreciated.Kurenboh/Taniguchi Akiyoshi

Works on exhibition: Moriyama Daido, Tomatsu Shomei, Kitai Kazuo, Ueda Shoji, Morinaga Jun, Fukase Masahisa, Araki Nobuyoshi, Tsuchida Hiromi, Ishiuchi Miyako, Suda Issei, Kawada Kikuji, Otsuji Kiyoji, Yamazaki Hiroshi and other.