Toshio Shibata "Landscape"

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography

poster for Toshio Shibata "Landscape"

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After completing the Master's degree at Tokyo University of the Arts, Toshio Shibata attended the photography course at the Royal Academy in Belgium, where he began focusing on the media. In the late 1980s, after coming back to Japan, he received acclaim for his original landscape photography which captured artificially constructed sites such as dams and developed areas covered with concrete.

In 1992, Shibata received the renowned Kimura Ihei Award, which is given to the most promising emerging photographer every year. Using 8x10 large format camera, he elaborately captured ordinary scenes from an objective standpoint. However, these mundane scenes remain unforgettable, reminding us of culture and social problems that are unique to Japan. While taken by the beauty of artificial structures embedded in nature, we can also perceive a sense of warning.

Since the late 90s, Shibata has photographed dam sites in America. There's no literal element in his photographs that indicate where they were taken, and yet subtle differences of each region and issues surrounding them come forth as we stare at them. Shibata's works are in the collections of museums in Japan as well as overseas. Despite his international acclaim, there hasn't been many opportunities to trace his entire career. This exhibition showcases his works from the museum collection, including his recent color photographs.

[Image: "Grand Coulee Dam, Douglas County, WA" (1996)]



From 2008-12-13 To 2009-02-08
Closed on December 29th (Mon) - January 1st (Thurs)


Toshio Shibata



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At long last, a show worthy of admission, Ok well the Tomei Shimatsu and the Eikoh Hosoei were fine too. This is a surprisingly nice selection of Shibata's oeuver, but man is it crammed in and with out his guidance I doubt the curator has any other intenntions other than to slap his works on the wall. Instead of slathering the walls with photos like a teenager's room. If she were to treat the work with some respect and moreover we viewers, less like funding sources and more adults who actually have a few thoughts about photo and curatorship, the place might be more successful. I am very happy to see Ssibata's work recognized but is it not worth 2 floors and one low price? A little more space to feel less begging for recognition and perhaps a more thoughtful curatorial angle? Slapping pictures on a wall is easy, bringing them alive and to relevancey is another. Horray for the Artist, boo for the "curator" wno as a public servant needs to serve the public better, after all it iw we who come seeking some greter knowledge or vision.

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