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"Shinjuku Lost Child" by Seung-Woo Yang received The 36th Domon Ken Award 梁丞佑『新宿迷子』が第36回土門拳賞受賞

 The Domon Ken Award Ceremony was held at Mainichi Hall on April 20. Zen Foto Gallery is pleased to attend the ceremony and was invited to give a congratulatory speech. Below is the message by Mark Pearson, we would like to share our joy with you.
 4月20日に毎日ホールにて関係者を招いて土門拳賞授賞式が行われ、Zen Foto Galleryオーナーのマーク・ピアソンからの祝辞が読み上げられました。(日本語訳は英語に続きます。)

 I have known Seung-Woo Yang since the early days after opening Zen Foto Gallery in 2009. He brought his work, covering a range of subjects, including his return to his native Korea to photograph his old friends and his old haunts when he was a tearaway teenager, to the photographs of Kabukicho in Shinjuku. When we look at these works, we experience the fascination of observing a world that we are fearful of knowing. We are amazed that Yang could not only be there but also even take photographs in those places and at those times. He also showed us a …

Ariphoto: The Ultimate Affirmation of Contemporary Life and its Changes


(日本語版は下記 Japanese version follows)
6:45 pm, a Saturday evening. The gallery is about to close it doors. Still many visitors remain inside, not wanting to leave, wishing to continue to talk to the artist. A man joins a conversation between Arimoto and his visitors. They won’t finish their discussion soon, hindering my plan to talk to him. The compilation of his Ariphoto series entitled ‘Tokyo Circulation’ has sold out its first stock in a week. ‘I feel ashamed for not knowing such a great photographer’ a blogger apologised. For the art world, Arimoto is an up and coming photographer. For the deeper Japanese photography world, however, he is a hero making a comeback.


また、莫毅写真展80年代第2期「莫毅:1987-1989」は2016年4月9日~5月11日まで開催します。第2期の写真展では、莫毅のキュレーションによる「騷動(別名:我虛幻的城市)」(1987)、「1m, 我身後的風景 (1m、後ろの風景)」(1988)と「搖蕩的車廂(揺れ動くバス)」(1989)シリーズを紹介します。展示に併せて、禅フォトギャラリーより莫毅写真集『莫毅1983-1989』を刊行します。

東京るまん℃ インタビュー Interview with Tokyo Rumando

視線の無限ループ The endless loop of the gaze
東京るまん℃インタビューInterview with Tokyo Rumando

文 Text / フェデリカ・ サラFederica Sala
編集 Edit / 柴田さやか Sayaka Shibata   東方輝 Akira Higashikata
アマンダ Amanda Lo 日本の写真術は複雑な広がりと深淵、そして漆黒の闇に包まれたミステリアスな宇宙のようだ。この宇宙はおいそれとカテゴリー化できないほど小さな惑星が密集している。見事に統御され秩序に従うこの空間にかつてないほどの刺激を与え、変化をもたらしてきたのはいつでも眩いばかりの一筋の光である。光が闇を覆うとき、その評価はいつでも賞賛か酷評かの一択である。東京るまん℃という神妙な光を放つこの恒星は、果たして大部であるこの芸術宇宙の領域に一石を投じるのだろうか。  2012年より、東京るまん℃はTokyo Photo、no found photo fair、fotofeverなど国内外のフォトフェアーに参加した。2016年2月18日から6月12日まで、ロンドンのテートモダンにて開催される企画展「Performing for the Camera」に「Orphee」シリーズより20点を展示する。本展では、シリアスで刺激的、ユーモラスで即興的といった多種多様な面で写真とパフォーマンスの関係性を探る。日本からは草間彌生、深瀬昌久ほか、Yves Klein、Erwin Wurm、Cindy Sherman、Samuel Fossoなどが出展する予定。約50人の重要な作家が参加、ヴィンテージプリントや大型作品からInstagramを含む500点以上が展示される。

Since her debut work “Rest 3000~, Stay 5000~” was published and exhibited by Zen Foto Gallery in 2012, Tokyo Rumando has been participat…

【対談 / 三里塚】加納典明さん×北井一夫さん

A conversation between TENMEI KANOH and KAZUO KITAI on "SANRIZUKA"
日程:2015年12月19日[土] 会場:禪フォトギャラリー  / 司会:アマンダ・ラ / テキスト:柴田さやか 2015年12月5日から2016年1月9日まで禪フォトギャラリーで開催していた加納典明写真展「三里塚1972」にあわせ、加納典明氏と北井一夫氏のトークショーを開催いたしました。当日は複数立ち見のお客様も出るほど大盛況となり、三里塚闘争を始め、お二人がどのように当時の日本社会や写真と向き合ってきたのか、実体験を交えたお話となりました。
一部分のみとなりますが、ここでご紹介いたします。 関連写真集 :
加納典明『三里塚1972』(禪フォトギャラリー刊 2015) 北井一夫『三里塚』(ワイズ出版 2000) Related publications: Tenmei Kanoh Sanrizuka1972 (Zen Foto Gallery, 2015) Kazuo Kitai Sanrizuka (Wides Shuppan, 2000)

Akira Tanno, photographer - Obituary

Akira Tanno, in 1957
No matter how hard one attempts to use words to praise a photographer’s life of 89 years, a single phrase from the photographer himself is most convincing: ‘photography, out of the magic box.’ No matter how the history of photography was developed through modernity and technology, and its expression extended to fine art, Akira Tanno held onto his childhood memory of the magic within an elementary photographic device as the essence of his photography. His passion towards, and achievements in, photography originated in delight and wonder. Akira Tanno’s life of dedication to photography began when he encountered a camera at the Togo Camera store. As he recalled, it was as an elementary school kid wandering about a shopping district in his neighborhood. The black box appeared as a ‘magic box’ to him, and he carried this memory his entire life. His do-it-yourself spirit, already evident in his primary attempt to reproduce ‘the box’ with materials within his reach, alon…

Atsushi Fujiwara 'Poet Island'

The work of photographer Atsushi Fujiwara portrays different themes within each of his projects, however the three projects that he has worked on nevertheless resonate with each other. All three of his photographic projects were either set in, or related to, islands: ‘Nangoku-sho’ captures the southwestern tip of Japanese Kyushu island, inspired by Nangoku-sho an anthology of waka poems that his grandfather wrote; ‘Butterfly had a Dream’ traces a path of a woman originally from an island off the coast of Tokyo; and his latest project ‘Poet Island’ which has been primarily released as a photobook, contains a collection of photographs taken on an island sanatorium where Hansen’s disease patients were isolated. But his eyes are not precisely directed upon such a history of the island being a sanatorium of once incurable disease. Rather, the landscape, seascape, buildings no longer in use, insects and statues to the miscellaneous aspects of the island are captured through the eyes and wor…