Koji Onaka “Slow Boat”

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[Image: Koji Onaka]

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The photo book “slow boat” (written in lower case) is one of the representative works of Koji Onaka. It was first published by Sokyu-sha in 2003, then a 2nd print was published by Schaden of Germany in 2008. In the fall of 2017, it was reprinted once again by the Chinese publisher imageless studio.
“slow boat” consists of photographs taken by Onaka traveling throughout Japan from 1983 to 1999. “By publishing this book, I was able to confirm the fun and importance of showing pictures without being caught in time and place,” Onaka reflects. “Concerning most of them I have no recollection as to where or when they were taken” (2008 afterword). Onaka selected only his favorite photos for a book compiled with Mr. Michitaka Ota of Sokyu-sha.
Although “slow boat” is the photographer’s record of travel, it can easily detach itself from that position. In these photos there is a unique character that transcends the landscape in which the Showa generation feels simply nostalgic. The series has therefore been admired in many countries throughout the years. It departs from Onaka’s hands and is not tied to time and places. It keeps traveling as freely as an airship.



from December 13, 2017 to January 28, 2018
Open 16:00-22:00 on Wednesdays. Closed on Jan. 10th. Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Public Holidays. Closing at 18:00 on Sundays.

Opening Reception on 2017-12-13 from 18:00 to 22:00


Koji Onaka



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