The Rare Avant-Garde Photography of Shigeru Onishi

Galerie Omotesando

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Shigeru Onishi was a mathematics researcher who caught the attention of the photography world with a 1955 exhibition and became involved in the subjectivist photography movement. In the 1960s the prominent art critic and collector Michel Tapié praised him as an “avant-garde calligrapher of art informel”, and Onishi even published an art book in Italy. He gave up photography after only a few years however, vanishing from the scene. Using techniques including darkroom multiple exposures, special development methods, and artificial coloring, Onishi’s photographs were visions of unique and fantastical worlds, which art critic Shuzo Takiguchi described as “curiously clouded dissolved states of time and space”. This exhibition presents a selection of some twenty original prints with a focus on Onishi’s photography from the late 1950s, retracing some of the steps of a photographer who has been lost to the present day.

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from May 26, 2014 to June 07, 2014

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Shigeru Onishi

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