Mt. Fuji has been called affectionately with feminine nicknames as “O-Fuji-San” and “Fuji-Sama” for several centuries since Edo era. Many more climbers in groups called “Fuji-Ko” used to be seen with a cane in a hand ringing a small bell and chanting a player for safety and gratification of the mountaineering.
Photographer Kozo Miyoshi makes it his regular summer practice in recent years to climb Fujiyama twice in the season with younger friends. Photography was secondary when he started it, but it did not take much time for him to find the sight along the mountain trails was a perfect object of his work. He was attracted by a world completely different from what he had experienced in photographing on the leveled ground. It is another space-time that stretches a long slop in an opening neither in the sphere of sky nor on the ground, and that denies entirely “when, where, what and who”.
The works of “Fujiyama” apparently indicate his spiritual world universal in his entire work, in which he has been capturing phenomena intricately entangled and hidden fragmentarily in the real world.
More than 30 black and white prints in 20 x 24 inches are exhibited.
Born in Chiba, Japan in 1947. He graduated from the Department of Photography at Nihon University College of Art in 1971.
He began his photographic career in the 1970s and started shooting an 8×10-inch large format camera in 1981. In 2009 he upgraded to an ultra large format 16×20-inch camera which he continues to use on his travels. Miyoshi’s photographs have received international acclaim for their unique and sincere approach to his fleeting subjects.
Exhibitions at PGI
|On the Road Again, 2017|
|SEE SAW, 2010|
|Somewhere, Sometime, 2007|
|Tokyo Drive, 2006|
|Tokyo Street: Neighborhood, 1999|
|In the Road, 1999|
|In the Road, 1997|
|CACTI Landscapes, 1996|
|Picture Show, 1987|
|See Saw, 1983|