History of Photography


Introduction History of Photography (Encyclopaedia Britannica)

A World History of Photography (by Naomi Rosenblum)

The Story Behind the Pictures 1827-1991 (by Hans-Michael Koetzle)

Photographers' Dictionary
(based on "20th Century Photography - Museum Ludwig Cologne")


 

 



Photographers' Dictionary

(based on "20th Century Photography-Museum Ludwig Cologne")

 
 

 

 


Eikoh Hosoe

(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Eikoh Hosoe (Hosoe Eikō; b. 18 March 1933 in Yonezawa, Yamagata) is a Japanese photographer and filmmaker who emerged in the experimental arts movement of post-World War II Japan. He is known for his psychologically charged images, often exploring subjects such as death, erotic obsession, and irrationality. Through his friendships and artistic collaborations he is linked with the writer Yukio Mishima and 1960s avant-garde artists such the dancer Tatsumi Hijikata.
After attending The Tokyo College of Photography in the 1950's Hosoe, joined “Demokrato” an avant-garde artist's group led by the artist Ei Q, while still a student. In 1960, Hosoe created the Jazz Film Laboratory (Jazzu Eiga Jikken-shitsu) with Hijikata, Shuji Terayama, and Shōmei Tōmatsu. The Jazz Film Laboratory was a multidisciplinary artistic project aimed at producing highly expressive and intense works such as Hosoe's 1960 short black and white film Navel and A-Bomb (Heso to genbaku).
With Hijikata, Hosoe created Kamaitachi, a series of images that reference stories of a supernatural being — 'weasel-sickle' — that haunted the Japanese countryside of Hosoe's childhood. In the photographs, Hijikata is seen as a wandering ghost mirroring the stark landscape and confronting farmers and children.
With Mishima as a model, Hosoe created a series of dark, erotic images centered on the male body, Ordeal by Roses (Bara-kei, 1963). The series (set in Mishima's Tokyo house) positions Mishima in melodramatic poses. Mishima would follow his fantasies, eventually committing suicide by seppuku in 1970.
Hosoe has been the director of the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts (Kiyosato, Yamanashi) since its opening in 1995.

 


Ordeal by Roses (Barakei) #16, 1961

 


Ordeal by Roses (Barakei) #6, 1961

 


Ordeal by Roses (Barakei) #32, 1961

 


Ordeal by Roses (Barakei) #1, 1961

 


Ordeal by Roses (Barakei) #26, 1961

 


Ordeal by Roses (Barakei) #18, 1961

 


Ordeal by Roses (Barakei) #29, 1961

 


Simon: A Private Landscape / Hatonamachi Red-light Disctrict, Tokyo, 1971

 


Yoko Ashikawa, Butoh Dancer, 1972

 


Kamaitachi #23, 1965

 


Man and Woman #33, 1970

 


Ordeal by Roses (Barakei), 1961

 


Ordeal By Roses (Barakei) #6

 


Embrace No. 60

 


Head of white woman in black man's arms

 


Paris 3

 


Sunflower Song

 


Man and woman # 24

 


Kamaitachi, 1965

 

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Simmon in Riverside Field

 


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Man and woman 32, 1960
 

 


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