Everett Kennedy Brown “Japanese Samurai Fashion”

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Solo exhibition by photographer Everett Kennedy Brown who uses traditional wet plate collodion photography to capture ancient Japanese traditions.

The subject of the Japanese Samurai Fashion series presented here is the Soma warrior clan in Fukushima, where members have been continuing their samurai horseman heritage for more than 800 years. It is Brown’s friendship with Michitane Soma, the 34th generation head of the clan, that allowed him access to photograph these local people. In the images they are clad in traditional samurai wear that has been handed down from generation to generation. Brown photographed each of his 44 people subjects with an exposure time of ten seconds, giving his images a transcendental quality. Color photographs focusing on the ankles of traditional hakama pants of around 100 clan members dressed up for the annual “Nomaoi (Wild Horse Chase) festival” will also be presented. You can see a rich combination of patterns and colors with a sophisticated appearance that expresses a strong sense of festivity and spirituality. In addition, Brown manipulates his images through reversal and repetition so as to conjure up further thought about the history and spiritualism.

Here you can see analogue photography displayed alongside digital works, enjoying breathtaking images of fashion and deep interpersonal relationships where tradition and innovation intersect.

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Date: June 17 (Sat) 14:00-
Speakers: Everett Kennedy Brown, Naoki Takizawa
Venue: Spiral Garden, Spiral 1F
Admission: Free

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from 6月 06, 2017 to 6月 18, 2017

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