Osamu Wataya "Rumor"

Rat Hole Gallery

poster for Osamu Wataya "Rumor"

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This photographer was born in Hokkaido in 1963. He came to Tokyo to study graphic design and worked as an art director. He took on projects such as starting Hysteric Glamour's photography collection studying photography on his own and has been working as a photographer since 1991. He has presented many collections of works such as "Riverbed," recording his days spent on the canals of Amsterdam; "Engaru," of his hometown; "Agenda," a collection of 600 works taken in Tokyo over the course of a year; and many others.

This exhibition titled "Rumor" is a collection of photographs of people taken between 2005 and 2006 on the streets of Shinjuku. By focusing on the person themselves and not as a part of the landscape, he acknowledges anew the relationships between people, the distance between the lens and the object, the asymmetry of perspective and the ambiguous relationship that exists there and calls it "rumor." These photographs are giant square prints, about 120cm on each side and have a mysterious unique air. New works "Pond" taken on the banks of a lake in Ukraine will also be on display.

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From 2007-11-12 To 2007-12-09

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Osamu Wataya

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Aneta Glinkowska tablog review

Osamu Wataya Photo Exhibition at Rat Hole Gallery

Dedicated to the display of photography, Rat Hole Gallery has in the last 12 months held exhibition of such re-known photographers as Daido Moriyama, Nobuyoshi Araki, Boris Mikhailov and others. Tuesday night saw the opening of an exhibition by a younger Japanese photographer, Osamu Wataya. His photojournalistic works bring to mind Daido Moriyama's street photography and the uncanny and disturbing subjects of Diane Arbus' work.

Aneta Glinkowska tablog review

綿谷修 「Rumor」オープニング@ラットホール・ギャラリー

写真がメインのギャラリーとして、過去12ヶ月にわたって、ラットホール ギャラリーでは森山大道、荒木経惟、ボリス・ミハイロフなどの著名な写真家を紹介してきました。現在は、若手写真家の綿谷修による展覧会が行われ、火曜日にはオープニングレセプションが行われました。彼のフォトジャーナリスティックな作風は、森山大道のストリート感と、ダイアンアーバスのあの不可思議でやや不穏な写真主題を思い起こさせます。

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