Naohisa Hara

MIRAGE IV

May 9 - July 7, 2018
PGI

Naohisa Hara

MIRAGE IV

May 9 - July 7, 2018
PGI

  • ©Naohisa Hara

  • ©Naohisa Hara

  • ©Naohisa Hara

  • ©Naohisa Hara

 

Naohisa Hara is a photographer best known for his 8×10 large format documentation of the ever-changing cityscapes of Europe, including Paris and Italy’s mountain villages. More recently, however, he’s shifted focus to Eastern Asian cities. His breathtaking, immaculately printed images have garnered an international following. A large retrospective of his work was held at Taiwan’s National Museum of History in the fall of 2017.

 

While most famous for his urban landscapes, Hara’s earliest work was a series on Kujukuri Beach titled ‘Shinkirou (Mirage).’ He still considers his ‘Shinkirou’ roots a vital body of work, even referring to the Boso seaside as his atelier. While Hara did see many actual mirages photographing the exquisite seascapes, the title also refers to his time spent staring out at the freezing cold ocean and daydreaming.

 

Early in his career Hara began a subseries of prints made by stacking two negatives from the same location, one inserted backward, resulting in symmetrical landscapes. In flipping the complex structures on themselves he transforms nature into bizarrely lifelike and kaleidoscopic images. This exhibition features mostly unreleased work from these symmetrical landscapes alongside several outstanding prints from ‘Shinkirou,’ on display for the first time in 30 years.

25 monochrome silver gelatin prints will be displayed.

 

 

Naohisa Hara

Born in Chiba Prefecture, Japan in 1946. Graduated from the Department of Photography, Nihon University College of Art in 1969 and finished a program at Nihon University Art Institute in 1971. Visited France and Germany according to the artist overseas training system by the Agency for Cultural Affairs in 1976. He had studied and photographed based in Paris as a long-term foreign residency researcher of the Nihon University in 1984-85.

 

Recent solo exhibitions include; Legacy of Time Passed (National Museum of History, 2017), Naohisa Hara (Insa Art Center, 2015), China (Gallery Drain, 2014), Asia: Photographs of Beijing Hutong – Chai (Photo Gallery International, 2013), Legacy of Time Passed (epSITE, Shanghai, 2013), Nostalgia (BOM gallery, Seoul, 2010), Asia: Photographs of Taiwan(2009), Asia: Photographs of Korea(2005), Europe: Journey of a Lifetime(2003), Venezia(2000), Europe–Platinum Print Collection(1997), (Photo Gallery International (PGI, called now).

Group exhibitions include; Domani:The Art of Tomorrow 2008 (The National Art Center, Tokyo, 2008), Viva! ITALIA (Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, 2001), The Platinum Print Collection : Glittering Through Eternity (Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Yamanashi, Japan, 2000), Internationale Fototage Herten (Herten, Germany, 1999).

 

 

 

PGI Exhibitions

Mar 6 Apr 27, 2013 Asia: Photographs of Beijing ⁃ Hutong – Chai

Oct 21

Nov 20, 2009 Asia: Photographs of Taiwan
Oct 12 Nov 11, 2005 Asia: Photographs of Korea
Oct 1 Oct 31, 2003 Europe : Journey of a Lifetime
Feb 15 Mar 31, 2000 Venezia
May 8 Jun 27, 1997 Europe−Platinum Print Collection
Oct 3 Nov 10, 1995 España
May 18 Jun 18, 1993 Paris et Ile de France
Oct 3 Nov 8, 1991 Mountain Cities in Italy
Jun 6 Jul 2, 1988 Mirage−Ⅲ
Jun 3 Jun 28, 1986 Europe ’84 – ’85
May 8 May 31, 1984 Italy
Jun 3 Jun 30, 1983 La France
Jun 4 Jul 3, 1982 Mountain Cities in Italy
May 7 May 30, 1981 Mirage−Ⅱ
Nov 7 Nov 29, 1980 PARIS−Ⅱ
May 11 Jun 4, 1979 PARIS