Kozo MIyoshi

On the Road Again

Sep 5 - Oct 28, 2017
PGI

Kozo MIyoshi

On the Road Again

Sep 5 - Oct 28, 2017
PGI

  • ©Kozo Miyoshi

  • ©Kozo Miyoshi

  • ©Kozo Miyoshi

  • ©Kozo Miyoshi

Kozo Miyoshi’s journey as a photographer started in the 1970s. He began working with large format 8×10 cameras in 1981 and used them until upgrading to 16×20 ultra large format in 2009.

Throughout the 1980s Miyoshi released several domestic projects including ‘Innocents,’ ‘Picture Show,’ and ‘Conservatory.’ During the 1990s he spent 5 years based in Arizona, where he created ‘Southwest,’ ‘Chapel,’ ‘CACTI,’ ‘Air Field’ and numerous other series. His eye for detail is as inexhaustible as it is meticulous and he continues to expand his photographic world at an impressive pace to this day.

‘On the Road Again’ is a follow-up to his acclaimed 1997 release ‘In the Road.’

‘In the Road’ was the culmination of 4 years of work made while road tripping between Chicago and Los Angeles on the legendary Route 66. Rather than shooting with an outsider’s gaze Miyoshi strove to show places from the perspective of the locals, resulting in a fascinating introspection that seems to linger somewhere between the all-but-forgotten and memories yet to be made.

Since 2007, 10 years after releasing ‘In the Road,’ Miyoshi has spent several weeks a year drifting between American towns in his car and documenting his travels. “Road tripping is meditation,” he explains of his quest for that elusive ‘something,’ getting one step closer with each click of the shutter and mile added to the odometer. Despite the inherent time restrictions that come with travelling, these photos are instilled with a sense of unrestrained freedom. Perhaps this is a sign that Miyoshi’s seemingly endless road trips have reached their final destination.

Kozo Miyoshi was born in Chiba prefecture, Japan in 1947. He graduated from the Department of photography, Nihon University College of Art in 1971.

Government Overseas Training Program for Artists One Year internship at the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona in 1991, after finished the program, he went on staying at Arizona and returned to Japan in 1996.

He is the more recent and highly regarded as it continues to have exhibited at the Museum including the Mead Art Museum, Boston (2012), the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (2014), the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2015).

He gains a high reputation from home and abroad for his style which face a scene with a sincere eye by using a 16×20 inch big format camera.

 

 

PGI Exhibitions

2015.10.27 12.26 RINGO
2013.10.8 11.16 SABI
2012.11.6 12.22 YUBUNE
2010.11.4 12.22 SEE SAW
2009.11.25 12.25 SAKURA
2007.10.10 11.10 Somewhere, Sometime
2006.4.5 5.19 Tokyo Drive
2004.9.3 10.15 Seagirt
2003.4.1 4.25 SAKURA
2002.4.3 6.1 CAMERA
2001.9.3 9.29 FUJIYAMA
1999.11.8 12.22 “Tokyo Street: Neighborhood”
1999.1.11 2.10 “In the Road”
1997.9.24 11.14 “In the Road”
1996.10.1 11.15 “CACTI Landscapes”
1995.9.28 11.10 “CACTI”
1995.9.1 9.29 “Airfield”
1994.6.2 7.15 “Southwest”
1993.10.5 11.10 “Chapel”
1992.8.27 9.30 “Thailand”
1989.10.3 10.31 “Conservatory”
1987.11.5 12.5 “Picture Show”
1985.10.3 10.31 “Innocents”
1983.9.9 9.30 “See Saw”
1979.10.11 10.20 “Exposure”