Hiroshi Yamazaki "Moving Photographs! Stopping Films!"

Guardian Garden

poster for Hiroshi Yamazaki "Moving Photographs! Stopping Films!"

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This is the 28th edition of the Time Tunnel series of exhibitions, featuring photographer Hiroshi Yamazaki. Yamazaki started out as a photographer in 1969 at the age of 23, working for theaters and magazines. He however soon lost interest in photography that emphasized the subject being depicted, and the tendency for it to "pursue" subjects.

Soon he began to take photos of the scenery outside the windows of his house, using the window frame itself as a framing device. By simplifying his method in this way, Yamazaki explored the "photo" that emerged from this process. The concept of time itself was carved into the scene whenever a vapor trail from a passing airplane appeared in the middle of the window frame - a verification of how photography establishes an image from within a given situation or context.

Yamazaki's representative work "Heliography," which captured the sun and sea "in the most primitive form that ever existed" using a long exposure, depicted the path of the sun, a world invisible to the naked eye. In addition, he also turns his eye on the cherry blossom, a flower with a special significance for the Japanese. The sakura that Yamazaki photographs, using the sun as a catalyst, undermine established notions related to this flower in a spectacular fashion. Apart from his photography , Yamazaki also makes films, allowing the two media to influence each other and express his own unique philosophy and practice.

This exhibition focuses on his early works from 1969-1974, his representative work "Heliography," "Horizon Collection," and "Sakura," as well as more recent works and films.

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From 2009-05-11 To 2009-06-05

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