Hosoe, Eikoh (1933-Present)

Kazuo Ohno Breathing in the Spirit of Shohaku Soga, 1997

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Hosoe, Eikoh (1933-Present)
Kazuo Ohno Breathing in the Spirit of Shohaku Soga, 1997
printed 2005
15" x 13"
Eikoh Hosoe
Very Fine


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About the art

Kazuo Ohno Breathing in the Spirit of Shohaku Soga Hosoe's visual language is mythical, theatrical, and evokes his memories. In 1959, young dancer Tatsumi Hijikata held a performance in a small theater in Tokyo, and Hosoe, who viewed the performance, was deeply impressed. The human body was to become Hosoe's contant preoccupation. Hijitaka achieved notoriety and subsequently became the founder of Butoh dance, together with Kazuo Ohno, the Butoh dancer featured in Hosoe;s image. At age 98, Ohno remains a solo artist of unparallel expression and depth. Hosoe appliies his mastery of printing techniques to these photogrpahic dramas. Phtography has granted him a language, and the human body has provided him with a subject. His works are held in the permanent collections of the National Museum of Art, Kyoto, Japan; Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA; International Museum of Photography, George Eastman House, Rochester, USA; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK; Museum of Modern Art, Paris, France; Centre de Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia; Art Institute of Chicago, USA; Hamburg Museum of Art, Hamburg, Germany; and Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan, amoung others. 

About the artist

Hosoe, Eikoh was born in Yonezawa (norhern Honshu) in 1933. He graduated from the Tokyo College of Photography in 1954 and became a freelance phtographer. In 1959, Hosoe was one of the founders of the phtographers' group VIVO, a cooperative agency that shared a darkroom and distributed members' works. His first book was Otoko to Onna -  Man and Woman (1961), but it was the following project, with the great japanese writer Yukio Mishima, Barakei - Killed by Roses (1963) (later retitled Ordeal by Roses) that achieved worldwide fame. He formed a close friendship with Butoh dancer Tatsumi Hijikata, culminating in the work Kamaitachi (1969). Hosoe has been honoured with many awards, including the New Artist award from the Japan Photo Critics Association (1960) and Photographer of the Year from the same association (1963). In 1975, he returned to his alma mater as professor of phtography at the Tokyo Institute of Polytechnics and is currently director of the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Art. 

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