Chikashi Suzuki “My Tokyo”

Kosaku Kanechika

poster for Chikashi Suzuki “My Tokyo”
[Image: Shinjuku, Tokyo, 2004 © Chikashi Suzuki]

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Chikashi Suzuki presents work in both international and Japanese editorials, making him one of the most well-known Japanese photographers in editorial and fashion photography since the 1990s. In Suzuki’s photographs, his subjects – the city of Tokyo that attracts creators from all over the world, and its celebrities and artists, from well-known designers to young models – seem to show a different side from their public image: just for a moment, some fresh aspect from deep inside them becomes instinctively visible. Suzuki’s work is a unique world of beauty that lingers within the heart, even though it is composed of simple fragments of transient time. Photography as a medium has long experienced “denial” and “re-interpretation”. Its history has witnessed the denial of itself as a means of documentation and its aesthetic values, as well as the diversification and multi-polarization through which photographic expression has been deconstructed and reconstructed after Postmodernism. Many artists have tackled the “dilemma of photography” as a kind of fate, and explored means of expression in different ways. Suzuki has also devoted himself to a journey of exploring the medium of photography. In our contemporary age existing within an influx of what might be called “digital nature”, photography has come to be seen as images that are consumed and disposed. Suzuki attempts to take back photography’s essence by shooting with a film camera and tripod, and printing very carefully: both of which may seem obstacles in contrast to the instantaneity with which we have became familiar. This can be regarded as the “salvage” of photography. In contrast with so many images that are consumed and become obsolete, these moments captured unconsciously and yet consciously by Suzuki become one sheet of photographs, after undergoing a process of chemical reaction between the printing paper and light. By showing rich nuance and atmosphere condensed into one photograph, Suzuki invites us to reconsider how photographs as a medium have attracted those who take them as well as those who view them, and how human perception has changed due to technological advancement over time. All the works shown in this exhibition have been taken on film cameras, mostly with medium format and reversal films. In addition to new portraits and Tokyo cityscapes, recent flower works will be re-selected again and exhibited following Suzuki’s last solo exhibition with the gallery, “A Fine Day in Tokyo”.

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Schedule

from April 20, 2019 to June 01, 2019

Opening Reception on 2019-04-20 from 18:00 to 20:00

Artist(s)

Chikashi Suzuki

Fee

Free

Venue Hours

From 11:00 To 18:00
fridays closing at 20:00
Closed on Mondays, Sundays, Holidays

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Address: 5F, 1-33-10 Higashi-Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 140-0002
Phone: 03-6712-3346

8 minute walk from Tennozu Isle Station on the Tokyo Monorail or Rinkai line. From JR Shinagawa station, take the Toei bus (towards Yashio Park Town), and get off at Tennouzubashi. The venue is 3 minute walk from there.

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