Takashi Arai does not see daguerreotype as a nostalgic reproduction of a classical method; instead, he has made it his own personal medium, finding it a reliable device for storing memory that is far better for recording and transmitting interactions with his subjects than modern photography.
Beginning in 2010, when he first became interested in nuclear issues, Arai has used the daguerreotype technique to create individual records―micro-monuments―of his encounters with surviving crew members, and the salvaged hull, of the fallout-contaminated Daigo Fukuryūmaru fishing boat, records that touch upon the fragmented reality of events in the past. This project led him to photograph the deeply interconnected subjects of Fukushima, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki.
Arai’s work has appeared in numerous exhibitions, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Mori Art Museum, the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, among other international venues.
In 2016, he received the 41st Kimura Ihei Award for his first monograph “MONUMENTS”(PGI, 2015). In 2018, Arai’s first short film “Oshira Kagami: The Mirror of the Oshira Deity” won the Category Prize at the 72nd Salerno International Film Festival, Italy.
His works are held in the public collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and Musée Guimet, among others.
Arai is a visiting researcher at National Museum of Ethnology since 2017.
Exhibitions at PGI
|2021.10.08－11.16||Image Object Exhibition vol.2 : Contemporary Daguerreotype Exhibition “Care: In an Age of Uncertainty”|
|2014.07.25－09.20||EXPOSED in a Hundred Suns|
|2022.12.17－01.22||Prix Pictet Japan Award, Fire & Water, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum|
|2022.11.12－12.25||New Acquisitions, Chiba City Museum of Art|
|2022.09.09－11.06||Squaring the Circles of Confusion: Neo-Pictorialism in the 21st Century, RPS Gallery, Bristol|
|2021.08.21－09.12||At the Shoreline, Chiba Foto, Chiba Park, Kojiitsutei Tea house|
|2021.02.05－03.12||Photographic Occurrences, Cook Center Process Gallery, Indiana University Bloomington|
|2020.10.21－12.08||1000 DAYS / 1000 MIRRORS, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London|
|2020.07.09－09.02||Rebooting Nature, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London|
|2020.07.17－10.11||Yokohama Triennale 2020 “Afterglow”, Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama|
Nuclear Visions: The Atomic Photographers Guild, John and June ALLCOTT GALLERY, UNC
Feel the Sun in Your Mouth: Recent Acquisitions, Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
The Vision of Contemporary Art 2019, The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo
|2019.03.09－06.02||Tomorrow’s History, (part of the Group Exhibition Camera and Canvas）Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Garmany|
|2018.08.04－08.17||SAN (Three), Gallery Intersection 611, Hiroshima|
|2017.04.07－05.27||Cent Soleils, Galerie Camera Obscura、Mois de la Photo 2017, Paris|