March 28, 2017
"Wish You Were Here - Sakura, The Viewing Season"
Duration: March 28th - April 15th
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm (closed holidays)
Venue: Gallery Max New York
552 Broadway (Bet. Prince & Spring Sts.), Suite 401 (4F, Intercom #9)
New York, NY 10012
Opening Reception: Tuesday, March 28th, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fujishima captures and expresses the relentless flow of time, and the moments that exsist in the interface between the photographer and the subject on the other side of the lens.
There is a consistency to the creative style and world view that flows through his diverse themes, no matter what the subject of his lens happen to be; nature, cities, or dolls. He does not construct a set, nor does he insert anything into his pictures or otherwise manipulate them, preferring instead to capture the subject as it is, illuminated by whatever light is available.
More than 50 photographs will be displayed in this exhibition, and all are unveiled for the first time. These were shot between 2014 and 2015 in Tohoku, Japan where the great earthquake hit five years ago.
When he stood in front of Sakura cherry blossoms, “my legs were shaking”, he says. And he couldn’t believe Sakura, "was so bright and so energetic" even though the place was hit by a “once in 100 years” disaster. “I wasn’t sure I could photograph them as art,” he recalls.
He didn’t give up. And he visited Tohoku two years in a row, capturing hundreds of timeless and elegant Sakura blossoms. “Maybe we can learn something from Tohoku’s Sakura.” he says.
Max graduated from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts. While working as the creative director of an advertising agency, he pursued photography on the side before devoting himself to it full time in 2003. Since then, he has continued the tireless pursuit of his creative activities
三重県出身。東京芸術大学美術工芸科ビジュアルデザイン卒業。1973年に渡米。広告代理店でクリエイティブディレクターとして活躍しながら写真を撮り続け、2003年から写真創作活動に専念。2007年には、ニューヨークで二人展「Koharu & Max 一瞬と永遠の出会い」を開催。その後も、マンハッタンシリーズ、カリブ海シリーズ、ピラミッドシリーズなど作品を次々に発表。ニューヨークを拠点に精力的に制作、発表を続けている。
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