Graphic Art & Design Annual
The DNP Cultural Promotion Foundation holds various exhibitions in Ginza, Kyoto and Fukushima focusing on graphic art and design.
This year’s edition of the annual is also published.
This year’s edition includes photos from the Kyoto DDD Gallery exhibition, which I photograph every time.
It features a number of exhibitions held in 2019, including those of my ally, the bookbinder Tamon Yahagi, and the French designer unit Du Balance.
(All of the exhibitions are quite spectacular, and I use them as a reference for my own exhibitions.
This year’s annual was designed by Shin Matsunaga, a graphic designer who has created logos for Issey Miyake, Benesse, Bandai, and Calbee.
My work was featured in a special article “21st Century Photography” in the August 17th issue of the magazine “Pen”.
This special feature looks back at contemporary photography by selecting one work for each year from the vast amount of photographic works published by photographers around the world in the first 20 years of the 21st century.
It was supervised by Yuki Kajikawa, curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Kyoto.
I know better than anyone else that it is quite out of place for me to be included in such a distinguished group of people, starting with Robert Frank, Sebastião Salgado, Nick Brandt, Thomas Ruf, Shomei Tomatsu, Nobuyoshi Araki, Daido Moriyama, and Kikuji Kawada, but I would like to introduce my work “The Absence of Two” in 2017. I know better than anyone else that it is quite out of place for me to be included in such a distinguished group.
In addition to this feature, there are also features on news photography, fashion photography, and photo books, making this a book full of photography. Please take a look.
My work has been published in CANON PHOTO CIRCLE, a newsletter published by CANON. This is a photo of a puppet theater group in a village called Uppinakudur in Karnataka, India, which I interviewed with Tamon Yahagi, a bookbinder, in January 2019. We focused on the work, life, and land of the troupe, with a focus on the leader, Mr. Bhaskar, who has been protecting and developing the 450-year-old puppet show. They say that “smartphones are our rivals,” and they frequently perform not only in India but also overseas, building a puppet academy in their village, training young performers, and gathering traditional performers from around the country for performances. What attracted me to them more than anything else was the fact that they were based in a small rural village, but were always working with an eye on the world, and that they were not afraid to change while continuing to pass on their traditions. Just the fact that such a person exists is really reassuring, or rather, a guideline. I am currently working with Tamon to compile this work into a photo book, which will be published in multiple volumes.
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On the occasion of its first exhibition in Europe, the Fisheye Gallery invites you to discover the series The Absence of Two by Japanese artist Akihito Yoshida, an intimate journey with a tragic ending in the daily life of two symbiotic soul mates.
Thirty years after Nobuyoshi Araki’s Sentimental Journey, Akihito Yoshida tells, as a spectator, the complexity of the human soul and the relationships that build its existence.The fusional attachment of the two characters in this story resonates in each other like a mythological episode, in which reactions and behaviors express the most exacerbated feelings, in the proximity of the family circle nestled in a small rural town in southern Japan today.
The exhibition The Absence of Two is also the occasion to present a collector’s edition limited to 3 copies of the eponymous book published in 111 copies and then reissued by Seigensha and Xavier Barral.The collector’s edition in large format is a handmade book by the artist in large format with a new selection of images and a platinum palladium print, signed and numbered.
Several workshops on the making of the book by hand will be given during the exhibition in small groups (100€/person) and animated by the artist at the gallery and hosted by the artist at the gallery on January 11 and March 14, 2020.
フランスはパリ10区にある「Fisheye Gallery」にて写真展「The Absence of Two」を開催する機会を頂きました。