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01/07/2016


OROgraphy-ARAMASA One Men Show
HORIZON
Visible Transfiguration/The Border/Vegetation

- Nikon Plaza Ginza -
6 June - 19 June 10:30~18:30
HP : Nikon Plaza Ginzan

 

ARAMASA Taku - OROgraphy -
ARAMASA Taku
HORIZON -Vegetation
OROgraphy (digital-positives) Pictorico TPW100 Film
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ARAMASA Taku
HORIZON -Vegetation
OROgraphy (digital-positives) Pictorico TPW100 Film
ARAMASA Taku - OROgraphy -
ARAMASA Taku
HORIZON -Vegetation
OROgraphy (digital-positives) Pictorico TPW100 Film
ARAMASA Taku - OROgraphy -
ARAMASA Taku
HORIZON -Vegetation
OROgraphy (digital-positives) Pictorico TPW100 Film
ARAMASA Taku - OROgraphy -
ARAMASA Taku
HORIZON -Vegetation
OROgraphy (digital-positives) Pictorico TPW100 Film
ARAMASA Taku - OROgraphy -
ARAMASA Taku
HORIZON -Vegetation
OROgraphy (digital-positives) Pictorico TPW100 Film
ARAMASA Taku - OROgraphy -
ARAMASA Taku
HORIZON -Vegetation
OROgraphy (digital-positives) Pictorico TPW100 Film
ARAMASA Taku - OROgraphy -
ARAMASA Taku
HORIZON -Vegetation
OROgraphy (digital-positives) Pictorico TPW100 Film

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HORIZON

Kinichi Obinata

ARAMASA Taku started working on his HORIZON series in the latter half of the 1990s. Part of it was shown at a retrospective exhibition entitled Mokushi (Silence) held at Musashino Art University in 2006. The project became larger than initially intended and underwent a number of changes that resulted in further exhibitions at Tokyo Publishing House (Yokota Shigeru Gallery) in 2012, Annely Juda Fine Art in London in 2014 and now, in 2016, in the form of a solo exhibition at the Ginza Nikon Salon. This shows the HORIZON series in its most developed and comprehensive form.

Aramasa’s career as a photographer began with a single strongly contrasted black-and-white image of a female nude standing on a beach on an island of the Palau Archipelago in the South Pacific. The woman’s naked figure is shown against a backdrop of wind-blown sand and clouds (Camera Mainichi, August 1969). Focusing his camera on the distant horizon where land and sea, earth and sky, light and dark blend and fuse together untainted by the strident colours and bustle of modern life, Aramasa fixed his gaze on infinity and the unknown beyond. His HORIZON series can be considered as a reworking and furthering of a way of observing the world that began with this one photograph from almost half a century ago.

Starting in the late 1970s Aramasa travelled extensively and published several groups of powerful documentary images. The photographs in his 1985 Haruka naru Sokoku (Distant Motherland) series captured the ageing faces of first generation Japanese settlers in South America. He then travelled to the north-eastern part of China formerly known as Machuria. Having lived there as a child, it was his first return visit for many decades. This trip resulted in a two-part work published in 1990 consisting of his Watashi wa dare desu ka (Who Am I ?) and Futakazoku (Two Families) series, both of which explored the lives of Japanese orphans abandoned in China in the aftermath of the Second World War. In 1995 he published Chinmoku no Daichi (Land of Silence), which examined the fate of Japanese soldiers detained in Siberia after the end of the Second World War. This was followed in 2000 by Yakusoku no Daichi (Land of Promises), which was a compilation of images of the remains of the wartime internment camps in which Japanese-Americans were isolated from the rest of society. Taken as a group, this series of publications constituted a moving study of how, in the course of Japan’s modernisation in the first half of the twentieth century, large numbers of Japanese were fated to live out their lives abroad because of decisions taken by their political leaders. Aramasa took all of the photographs in these publications using a large format camera. This allowed him to create detailed and powerfully descriptive images focusing on the actual and metaphorical distances that lay between national boundaries and the oceans that separated them.

The images in Aramasa’s HORIZON series shown in this exhibition evolved naturally from the documentary work described above. They can be understood as the outcome of a new way of trying to address the insurmountability of the boundaries that lie between the nearby and the distant, and between the present and the past. Positioning his camera on clifftops overlooking the sea in different parts of Japan, he gazes into the distance at what lies beyond the invisible borders that define the nation’s territorial boundaries. The images are no longer documentary in that they seek out places where, as in a dream or trance, spirits hover and roam. Standing in front of these large-scale photographs, one is overwhelmed by the sense of being in the presence of spirits invited down to earth to be prayed to.

Aramasa’s HORIZON series is made up of three parts, Kyōkai (Border), Shokusei (Vegetation) and Kashi no Hen’yō (Visible Transfiguration), for the last of which he used a pinhole camera. In order to emphasise the distance between the near and the far, Aramasa has used a digital technique he calls ‘OROgraphy’ that simulates the effects achieved by the early twentieth-century American photographer Edward Curtis, who applied gold pigment to the reverse of glass plates on to which positive images had been printed. Aramasa’s use of gold on the backs of his photographs gives them added depth, intensifies the sense of shading and causes the foreground and background to merge into one another. 

Kinichi Obinata -Photo Archivist

 

17/10/2015

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ARAMASA Taku / Yomi no Sakura

 

 

- OROgraphy -
ARAMASA Taku ©
Yomi no Sakura
OROgraphy (digital-positives)
Pictorico TPW100 Film (900×610m/m)

ARAMASA Taku - OROgraphy -
ARAMASA Taku ©
Yomi no Sakura
OROgraphy (digital-positives)
Pictorico TPW100 Film (900×610m/m)
ARAMASA Taku - OROgraphy -
ARAMASA Taku ©
Yomi no Sakura
OROgraphy (digital-positives)
Pictorico TPW100 Film (900×610m/m)
ARAMASA Taku - OROgraphy -
ARAMASA Taku ©
Yomi no Sakura
OROgraphy (digital-positives)
Pictorico TPW100 Film (900×610m/m)
ARAMASA Taku - OROgraphy -
ARAMASA Taku ©
Yomi no Sakura
OROgraphy (digital-positives)
Pictorico TPW100 Film (900×610m/m)
ARAMASA Taku ©
KANATA&KONATA-Magaibutu(Fukushima)
colorOROgraphy(color digital-positives)
Pictorico TPW100 Film (900×610m/m)
ARAMASA Taku ©
KANATA&KONATA-Magaibutu(Oita)
colorOROgraphy(color digital-positives)
Pictorico TPW100 Film (900×610m/m)
ARAMASA Taku ©
KANATA&KONATA-Magaibutu(Nara)
colorOROgraphy(color digital-positives)
Pictorico TPW100 Film (900×610m/m)
ARAMASA Taku ©
KANATA&KONATA-Magaibutu(Oita)
colorOROgraphy(color digital-positives)
Pictorico TPW100 Film (900×610m/m)
ARAMASA Taku ©
KANATA&KONATA-Magaibutu(Oita)
colorOROgraphy(color digital-positives)
Pictorico TPW100 Film (900×610m/m)
ARAMASA Taku ©
KANATA&KONATA-Magaibutu(Fukushima)
colorOROgraphy(color digital-positives)
Pictorico TPW100 Film (900×610m/m)
ARAMASA Taku ©
KANATA&KONATA-Magaisenkoku(Nara)
colorOROgraphy(color digital-positives)
Pictorico TPW100 Film (900×610m/m)×2
ARAMASA Taku ©
KANATA&KONATA-Magaibutu(Miyagi)
colorOROgraphy(color digital-positives)
Pictorico TPW100 Film (900×610m/m)×2
KANATA&KONATA-Magaibutu(Fukushima)
colorOROgraphy(color digital-positives)
Pictorico TPW100 Film (900×610m/m)×3
ARAMASA Taku ©
KANATA&KONATA-Magaibutu(Miyagi)
colorOROgraphy(color digital-positives)
Pictorico TPW100 Film (900×610m/m)×3
KANATA&KONATA-Magaibutu(Oita)
colorOROgraphy(color digital-positives)
Pictorico TPW100 Film (900×610m/m)×4
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21/12/2014

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ARAMASA Taku / MAGAI

 

 

- OROgraphy -

ARAMASA Taku ©
KANATA&KONATA-Magaibutu(Fukushima)
colorOROgraphy(color digital-positives)
Pictorico TPW100 Film (900×610m/m)
ARAMASA Taku ©
KANATA&KONATA-Magaibutu(Oita)
colorOROgraphy(color digital-positives)
Pictorico TPW100 Film (900×610m/m)
ARAMASA Taku ©
KANATA&KONATA-Magaibutu(Nara)
colorOROgraphy(color digital-positives)
Pictorico TPW100 Film (900×610m/m)
ARAMASA Taku ©
KANATA&KONATA-Magaibutu(Oita)
colorOROgraphy(color digital-positives)
Pictorico TPW100 Film (900×610m/m)
ARAMASA Taku ©
KANATA&KONATA-Magaibutu(Oita)
colorOROgraphy(color digital-positives)
Pictorico TPW100 Film (900×610m/m)
ARAMASA Taku ©
KANATA&KONATA-Magaibutu(Fukushima)
colorOROgraphy(color digital-positives)
Pictorico TPW100 Film (900×610m/m)
ARAMASA Taku ©
KANATA&KONATA-Magaisenkoku(Nara)
colorOROgraphy(color digital-positives)
Pictorico TPW100 Film (900×610m/m)×2
ARAMASA Taku ©
KANATA&KONATA-Magaibutu(Miyagi)
colorOROgraphy(color digital-positives)
Pictorico TPW100 Film (900×610m/m)×2
KANATA&KONATA-Magaibutu(Fukushima)
colorOROgraphy(color digital-positives)
Pictorico TPW100 Film (900×610m/m)×3
ARAMASA Taku ©
KANATA&KONATA-Magaibutu(Miyagi)
colorOROgraphy(color digital-positives)
Pictorico TPW100 Film (900×610m/m)×3
KANATA&KONATA-Magaibutu(Oita)
colorOROgraphy(color digital-positives)
Pictorico TPW100 Film (900×610m/m)×4
Copyright©2015 ARAMASA Taku All Right Reserved.
8 / 03 / 2014

-Annely Juda Fine Art- LONDON

ARAMASA Taku / One Men Show 「HORIZON」
- OROgraphy -

26 March - 26 April 2014


 

 

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26 / 01 / 2014

-Annely Juda Fine Art- LONDON

ARAMASA Taku - OROgraphy -
One Men Show

27 March - 26 April
23 Dering Street London W1S 1AW UK
Tel:+44 (0) 20 7629 7578
Fax:+44 (0) 20 7491 2139

ARAMASA Taku - OROgraphy -
ARAMASA Taku
HORIZON -Visible Transfiguration
OROgraphy (digital-positives) Pictorico TPW100 Film
ARAMASA Taku - OROgraphy -
ARAMASA Taku
HORIZON -Visible Transfiguration
OROgraphy (digital-positives) Pictorico TPW100 Film
ARAMASA Taku - OROgraphy -
ARAMASA Taku
HORIZON -Visible Transfiguration
OROgraphy (digital-positives) Pictorico TPW100 Film
ARAMASA Taku - OROgraphy -
ARAMASA Taku
HORIZON -Visible Transfiguration
OROgraphy (digital-positives) Pictorico TPW100 Film
ARAMASA Taku - OROgraphy -
ARAMASA Taku
HORIZON -Visible Transfiguration
OROgraphy (digital-positives) Pictorico TPW100 Film
ARAMASA Taku - OROgraphy -
ARAMASA Taku
HORIZON -Visible Transfiguration
OROgraphy (digital-positives) Pictorico TPW100 Film
ARAMASA Taku - OROgraphy -
ARAMASA Taku
HORIZON -Visible Transfiguration
OROgraphy (digital-positives) Pictorico TPW100 Film
ARAMASA Taku - OROgraphy -
ARAMASA Taku
HORIZON -Visible Transfiguration
OROgraphy (digital-positives) Pictorico TPW100 Film

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05 / 01 / 2014

-Annely Juda Fine Art- LONDON

ARAMASA Taku - OROgraphy -
One Men Show

27 March - 26 April
23 Dering Street London W1S 1AW UK
Tel:+44 (0) 20 7629 7578
Fax:+44 (0) 20 7491 2139


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16 / 07 / 2009

JAPAN'S Premium Photo Art Fair
TOKYO PHOTO 2009

Galleries from Tokyo, NY, and LA will be in Tokyo.
A special Exhibition "PHOTO AMERICA" by the Museum of Photog

raphic Arts in San Diego.

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07 / 07 / 2009

The Photo-Graph of Nonexistent 2009.7.8(Wed)-8.8(Sat)

Presented Artists :

ARAMASA Taku, Shigeki Yoshida, Man Furuya, Riichi Yamaguchi,
Koh Myung Keun, Song Dong

Curator :

Rodion Trofimchenko

1.ARAMASA Taku, blessing in forest 002,2007
2.Shigeki Yoshida, 41st & Park Ave,2003-2008
3.Man Furuya,No.032208 Seascape and The Moon,2008
4.Koh Myung Keun, Buildng 9,2004
5.Riichi Yamaguchi,090112,2001
6.Song Dong, Waste Not,2006

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30 / 03 / 2009

Tokyo gallery + BTAP ARAMASA Taku Solo Exhibition
「frame & vision」 -blessing in forest-

Tokyo Gallery+BTAP is pleased to announce
ARAMASA Taku's solo exhibition
「frame & vision」 -blessing in forest-
Dates:7 May (Thur) ― 30 May (Sat) 2009
Discussion:9 May (Sat) 15:00~17:00
ARAMASA Taku × Kinichi Obinata (Photo critic) × Masayuki Tanaka (Associate professor of Musashino Art University)

Opening:9 May (Sat) 17:00~19:00
Closed:Sundays, Mondays, Holidays
Gallery hours:(Tue-Fri) 11:00-19:00  (Sat) 11:00-17:00
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10 / 01 / 2009

Interview of ARAMASA Taku

Photonwork Special Interview No,3 No,4

01 / 03 / 2009

ARAMASA Taku Photographs - Apocalypse

ARAMASA Taku Photographs-Apocalypse (2006), Museum Musashino Art University 7,400yen e-book Revelation

 

ARAMASA Taku's REVELATION

The photographer aramasa Taku created "To the Occean...and the Border" by visiting various coastlines of the Japanese Archipelago. In this series, aramasa intoroduces techniques completely new to him, such as placing two or more photographs together to give us a view of the horizon from a distance.

"I looked for just the right locations where not even a bird would interfere wiht my photography, "aramasa said.Indeed,most of the photos in this series seem to have been taken from cliff tops, sometimes shot from 40 to 200 meters above the coastline.This brings our attention to the concept of "the Border, " from the title, which implies the horizon - the land below him.

According to aramasa, in order to engage in the precise art of his photopraphy, he had to search for several years before he could discover his four ideal locations for shootiong. The islands he chose were Teurijima, Rebunto in Hokkaido, Nishinoshima in Shimane Prefecture, Ikitsuki in Nagasaki prefecture and Shikinejima in Tokyo Area. Together, these remote islands represent the four different areas which define cultural "Japan." aramasa visited these locations during different seaseons, working tirelessly and looking out far beyond the borders in all directions.  Kinichi Obinata,Photography Critic