The Toyota Municipal Museum of Art in Aichi prefecture is hosting a massive retrospective of Nobuyoshi Araki’s work entitled:
Nobuyoshi Araki: Ojo Shashu: Photography for the Afterlife
The museum’s official website for the exhibition is smartly done and features a generous selection of photography from the exhibit in a very interestingly and moving way. This is perhaps one of the best demonstrations of exhibiting photos on the internet that I’ve encountered. Normally sound effects in an online photo gallery never help the pictures but here they are just perfect:
The entire page is in Japanese but the bottom links at the bottom near the camera icon will show you (left from right) the Top Page, News about the event, Information about the show, and the TV commercial spot for it. The best part of the experience begins after clicking on the camera icon at the bottom of the page. With your arrow keys you can manually advance through a rather unique edit of his career from the beginning to a very recent set of work done through a shattered lens.
The exhibition is up from April 22 - June 29, 2014 at the Toyota City Municipal Museum of Art.
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Photographer: Nobuyoshi Araki
Araki is the featured photographer in the Tokyo Camera Style feature of the May 2014 issue of Nippon Camera.
In addition to my portrait of him there’s a several page feature of some of his recent work and a great little interview about his thoughts on going blind in his right eye, support for amateur photographers, and his upcoming massive exhibition in Toyota city next month. This issue is in bookstores now.Fact: Araki filled in the right lens of his glasses with a black marker himself.
Meiji Shrine, April 2014
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Vernacular Snapshot and Vintage Photo edition.
I’ve been building up my own vintage snapshot collection and once you get hooked on the weirdness and beauty in old photographs there’s no turning back. I cannot overstate how awesome these tumblrs are.
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