When we think about Japan, we might end up amongst a mixed up diversity of terms and Japanese topics. Exotic, legendary, far away oriental land. Prominent History, Zen, samurais and kimonos, sunrise landscapes, temples surrounded by gardens full of cherry blossom trees, mount Fuji, Haiku poetry. Extremely good manners and quite a number of cultural stereotypes. Japan, cradle of new technologies, over populated large cities and photo cameras all over. Photo cameras? What about Japan and photography?
Articles with tag 'Japan'
GUP asked Hiroshi Ono about his work for the ‘Austria-Slovenia, In-between 4’ series. Hiroshi Ono lives and works in Amsterdam and is an upcoming photographer from Japan.
Not many people know much about the history of trade between Japan and The Netherlands, and fewer still know that it was the Dutch who brought photography to Japan. Which brings an irony to the fact that many Dutch people walk around nowadays with their Canon, Nikon, Olympus or Sony on their bellies. The cliché about Japan has been confirmed yet again: copying a new product, but making it better then the original. The Japanese word for photography, shashin, which means as much as ‘to copy the truth’, neatly underlines this point.
Drawing from a variety of mediums, including both digital and manual photography, cinema, and programmes such as Garageband, Futoshi Miyagi’s work often focuses on the distinctions between public and private lives.