5 Contemporary Japanese Photographers


5 Contemporary Japanese Photographers


Exhibit Dates

October 1 - October 25, 2012


The Reynolds Gallery is honored to announce as its October 2012 exhibition, a selection of 50 photographs made by five of Japan's most influential contemporary photographers:
Tetsuya Noda
Toshio Shibata
Masao Yamamoto
Tokihiro Sato
Nobuhiro Fukui

The artworks displayed demonstrate a wide range and mastery of photography characteristic of contemporary artists. The delicate and subtle tonality within the prints by Masao Yamamoto, the "diaristic" creation by Tetsuya Noda, and "directorial" with strange occurrences of light created by Tokihiro Sato's light box prints are poetic, humorous and mysterious in their execution and presentation.

The photographs of Toshio Shibata and Nobuhiro Fukui remarkably combine the finer points of documentary content and pictorial formalism. Shibata applies his facility with black and white and color photography as he explores the re-engineered landscape. Fukui, brings light to the night with his color photographs mounted between layers of acrylic plexiglass and the affect is bold and unconventional; he represents a distinctly contemporary attitude and quest among photographers in search of new forms of presenting the photograph.

Co-curated by University of the Pacific Professors Robert Coburn, Conservatory of Music and Daniel Kasser, Department of Art and Graphic Design, this exhibition grew out of Professor Coburn's 2011-12 Fulbright Residency in Tokyo, Japan and the generous support of the Fulbright Scholars Program, the Japan-United States Educational Commission in Tokyo, art galleries in Tokyo, Los Angeles and San Francisco. This exhibition is an opening event leading to the Conservatory of Music's Festival of Japanese Music and Culture, October 20 - 26, 2012.

5 Contemporary Japanese Photographers