All Women Fall in Love with Nobuyoshi Araki (And Duchamps is a Swindler) (2014)

‘Chiro’ from Sentimental Journey @ Araki In many ways, “Sentimental Journey 1972-1992” is quintessential Araki. It is a documentary of his marriage life with his wife Aoki Yoko till the day she lost her fight to ovarian cancer in 1990. By Zhuang Wubin, epSITE and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, 2004 Nobuyoshi Araki, or Tensai […]

INTERVIEW: “Just Float. A Conversation with Mayumi Hosokura”

from KAZAN @ Mayumi Hosokura Just float. A conversation with Mayumi Hosokura By Karin Bareman A young woman sniffles and wipes her nose with her hand. The gesture is utterly disarming. It makes her look so young, so vulnerable. But what on earth is she doing out there? Has she injured herself by moving through […]

NAGANO SHIGEICHI : “Nagano’s Tokyo” (2014)

Nagano workers at 5:00 PM, 1959 By Caille Milner, for ASX, May 2014 Why does Tokyo look so unfamiliar in Nagano Shigeichi’s photographs? He used no slights of hand; followed no special methodology. His influences were the usual ones for his generation — William Eugene Smith, Life magazine, celebrated Japanese photojournalists like Kimura Ihei and […]

Daido Moriyama: “Tights and Lips”

  One of the most revered living Japanese photographers, Daido Moriyama’s work is saturated with the melancholic beauty of life at its most ordinary. His photographs epitomize wabi-sabi, the Japanese aesthetic of finding beauty in imperfection. Moriyama focuses in on the lost and the discarded, and finds echoes of living through the breakdown of traditional […]

Daido Moriyama – “Reaching Out the Senses” (2012)

Daido Moriyama first came to prominence in the mid-1960s with his gritty depictions of Japanese urban life. His intense and intimate approach often incorporates high contrast, graininess, and tilted vantages to convey the fragmentary nature of modern realities. Born in Ikeda, Osaka, Daido Moriyama first trained in graphic design before taking up photography. Moving to […]

Rinko Kawauchi – “Ametsuchi” (2013)

“On the ground of one of the stars among the immense universe, I think of the beginning, The Earth is a mirror to project heaven. Photography captures the mirror. It connects the Earth and heaven. When the darkness reaches at the bottom, the light will arrive.” – Rinko Kawauchi   Rinko Kawauchi – Ametsuchi By Sören Schuhmacher for ASX, September […]

Eikoh Hosoe – “Photographer” (2011)

Eikoh Hosoe, a leading figure in modern Japanese photography came to the Art Gallery of NSW to launch the exhibition ‘Eikoh Hosoe: theatre of memory’. In this video he discusses his work and inspirations. Eikoh Hosoe was born in Yonezawa, Yamagata in 1933 and graduated from Tokyo College of Photography in 1951. He exhibited in […]

An Interview with Koji Onaka (2013) – Drifting Free on a ‘Twin Boat’

  “The suburbs don’t change at the same pace of cities. Some of the places I visited twenty years ago will look the same way today. I’m not interested in crowds, so it’s more conducive to my working habits to be in the suburbs.”   Vladimir Gintoff interviews Koji Onaka for ASX. May 2013, at […]

DAIDO MORIYAMA: “FAREWELL PHOTOGRAPHY” (1972)

“At that time I was frustrated with everything, including photography – particularly my own. There was a sense of irritation generally in the air, so I just thought ‘let’s completely deconstruct photography’.” – Daido Moriyama

DAIDO MORIYAMA: “BYE BYE PHOTOGRAPHY” (1972)

Bye Bye Photography. The photographer’s third book: a masterpiece of Japanese photography, and the book that best illustrates the conceptual ideals and vision of the Provoke photographers. Here Moriyama pushes the boundaries of the medium: assembling images from a variety of sources, placing them in a tumultuous and discordant anti-sequence, and assaulting the viewer with […]