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.
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).
|Mar 6||－||Apr 27, 2013||Asia: Photographs of Beijing ⁃ Hutong – Chai」|
|－||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|