Manabu Miyazaki "The Pencil of Nature"

Izu Photo Museum

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Manabu Miyazaki is a photographer who, since the early 1970s, has devised robotic cameras equipped with infrared sensors to photograph wild animals, lifting the veil of the forest that has concealed them. By using the penetrating vision of a hunter and cutting-edge equipment, he has made it possible for animals themselves to snap photographs.

The title of this exhibition comes from The Pencil of Nature, the world’s first photography book, which was produced by one of the inventors of photography, William Henry Fox Talbot. “Pencil of nature” implied that photographs are self-portraits that nature (light) draws by itself, and this concept applies to Miyazaki’s methodology as well. His work has translated mute nature into the visual language of photography, while in recent years, photographs of the wild animals that have increasingly encroached on human habitats and alien species that humans have introduced provide a mirror that reflects contemporary society.

This exhibition, his first solo show at the museum, will feature 130 photographs from his major series, including Ural Owls (which won the 9th Ken Domon Award), Animal Trails, Death, Persimmon Trees, and Contemporary Wild Animals. Explore the unknown world of animals through the work of this “news photographer of the natural world.”

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From 2013-01-13 To 2013-04-14
January 10:00-16:30, February-March 10:00-17:00, April 10:00-18:00, open March 20, closed March 21


Manabu Miyazaki



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