The exhibition of Kozo Miyoshi‘s work is open through September 3.
Miyoshi,who is one of the excellent fine art photographers in Japan, oncechallenged himself twenty years ago to drive along Japan’scoasts, trying to take the routes as close to the beach as possible.It took an enormous amount of time to make trips, and hehad todivide it into individual trips over the span of three or four years.Therearebarely any negatives from the trip, probably because at the timehe thought it was an impossible task. However, it is true thatthose forever changingsceneries from the past became the standard perspective to whichMiyoshi began to have of our lands.
Miyoshi started photographingalong Japan’s coasts again in around 1998 by 8×10 inches camera.He visited fisherman’s villages in Aomori, Akita,Yamagata, Niigata, Hyogo, Shimane, etc., many times. Every photographwhich is beautifully printed by himself is representing his thoughtsthrough tripsin Japan.
He always asked himself if something has changed. “Has anythingchanged? Or have I changed? Maybe nothing has changed at all. Thereis the sea. Thereis the port. Therev are the boats and the houses. And there isthe huge rock and hill constantly watching over it all”.
The photographsby Kozo Miyoshi represents not only factual images what he observedbut also shows lapse of time laying beneath orbehind landscapes and spirit of Japanese people.
Around 40 blackand white breathtaking prints in 20×24″ are shown. They are photographed in 1998 to 2004.
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|