Current Exhibition: Issei Suda: A Personal Retrospective
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須田一政 追悼写真展
Issei Suda: A Personal Retrospective

会期 Dates: 2019.5.24 ── 6.15

禅フォトギャラリーは、5月24日(金)から6月15日(土)まで、須田一政 追悼写真展「Issei Suda: A Personal Retrospective」を開催いたします。昨年禅フォトギャラリーより刊行した須田一政 写真集『網膜直結指先目カメラ』の作品展を当初予定しており準備を進めておりましたが、本年3月7日に須田一政氏が惜しくも逝去されました。これまで禅フォトギャラリーにおいて多くの作品を発表していただいた須田氏への追悼の意を込め、禅フォトが写真集を制作した「網膜直結指先目カメラ」「釜ヶ崎」「わが東京100」「恐山へ」や、ギャラリー・オーナーのマーク・ピアソン所蔵のコレクションより「風姿花伝」「天井桟敷」「ALBUM」「浮雲」「CUT」など、なかなか目にすることが難しい初期作品から近作まで選りすぐりの作品を選定し、回顧展形式で展示することにいたしました。この展覧会を通して作品を観る側と観せる側がともに須田氏の多彩な業績を個人の視点で振り返り、それぞれが偉大な写真家への思いを新たにできることを願っています。

Zen Foto Gallery is pleased to announce a memorial exhibition for Issei Suda from May 24 to June 17 under the title “Issei Suda: A Personal Retrospective”. Last year, we published Suda’s photobook “The Mechanical Retina on My Fingertips” and were planning to exhibit the series during this period. We were extremely sad to learn about his passing earlier this year on March 7. Hoping to express our gratitude to Suda for kindly collaborating with us throughout these years, we will be showing a selection of his works including “The Mechanical Retina on My Fingertips”, “Kamagasaki”, “Waga Tokyo 100”, and “The Journey to Osorezan” which we have published as photobooks, as well as “Fushi Kaden”, “Tenjo Sajiki”, “Album”, “Ukigumo” and “CUT” which are a part of our gallery owner Mark Pearson’s personal collection and are rare to be seen. It is our greatest wish for everyone including ourselves to reflect and refresh our memories towards the multifaceted accomplishments by Suda, one of the most important Japanese photographers.


Issei Suda|Born in Tokyo in 1940, Suda graduated from the Tokyo College of Photography. From 1967 to 1970 he worked as the photographer of the theatrical group Tenjō Sajiki directed by poet-playwright Shūji Terayama. In 1997, Suda received the Ken Domon Award with his photobook “Human Memory”. Apart from running Hiranagachobashi Gallery independently in the 1990s, Suda spent a lot of efforts in cultivating next-generation photographers by holding private seminars and teaching as a professor at Osaka University of Arts. Suda passed away on March 7th, 2019.



The Mechanical Retina on My Fingertips

(November 2018)
“The Mechanical Retina on My Fingertips” is how Suda named his Minox Camera that held him in thrall from 1991 to 1992. The Minox camera is popularly known as a spy camera - It fits in the pocket with a shutter release as light as the blink of an eye. The resulting images developed from 8x11mm negatives are grainy and have a flat perspective. Suda comments that “no other camera ever accompanied my activities so closely.”




The Tokyo of my youth has vanished, but still there are times when I feel joyously nostalgic, sensing the happiness at festivals in the shitamachi (“low city”) area, or observing the unconscious actions of passers-by. My image of my home town is actually the sight of the daily lives of the people who live here. As well as being a record of a certain period in Japanese history, this book is also my own private perspective on my home town and one that I want to hold in my heart forever. - Issei Suda

“Tokyokei” presents 106 previously unpublished photographs of the streets and people of Tokyo in the 1970s and 1980s. Published by Zen Foto Gallery in association with Nazraeli Press. Each copy of the book is numbered and signed by the artist.



The Journey to Osorezan


The photos in the book are perhaps representative of the transformations Suda must have undergone when journeying to the mountain. While the first portion of the book predominantly features civilisatory scenes and people, sometimes smiling at the camera, the mood grows increasingly contemplative. The occasional, beautifully composed shot of nature makes an appearance amongst scenes of people wandering or resting. It is not a gloomy book, but one that also is not afraid to accept life without illusions.
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