Shashin: Are-Bure-Boke is now on display at the Michael Hoppen Gallery in London until November 12, 2018. The exhibit includes the work of photographers Sohei Nishino, Daido Moriyama, Shomei Tomatsu, Ishiuchi Miyako, Kishin Shinoyama, Hitoshi Hamaya, Masatoshi Naito, Masahisa Fukase and prints from Nobuyoshi Araki. These photographs from the Michael Hoppen Gallery are considered to be one of the most extensive collections of Japanese postwar imagery outside of Asia.
Japan is known for many things. It’s a land steeped in culture, be it historical, mystical or natural. The introduction of contemporary Japanese image makers featured in this exhibition adds yet another reason to celebrate the land of the rising sun. Shashin explores the many styles of these photographic masters. From delicate collotypes and raw street photographs to ornate fashion snaps and poignant landscapes, this exhibit aims to showcase the inspiring imagery that’s hiding in Japan.
Are-Bure-Boke is roughly translated as rough, blurred, and out of focus — this exhibition certainly ticking all three boxes. In ways, they are a reflection of Japanese life and art as seen through a photographer’s lens. The rough, being street photography with all its gritty glory. Bokeh is a gift from Japan to the world — the intended blurring of the background to bring attention to the subject. These Japanese artists bring such sophistication and refined skills to the world of photography and image making.
All information used in this article was sourced from Michael Hoppen Gallery.