June 17, 2010
Hosoe is known for pushing the boundaries of traditional photography
and for his interaction with important Japanese artists
such as the Butoh dancer Tasumi Hijikata and the novelist Yukio Mishima.
On the occasion of this extraordinary exhibition, the images of some of his famous series
(Ordeal by Roses, Kamaitachi, Kimono, Ukiyo – e Projections, The Butterfly Dream)
have been printed with a unique process:
digital prints on washi paper (“wa” means “Japanese” and “shi” means “paper”).
The idea of this revolutionary way of representation
comes from the “scrolls” illustrating Genji’s tale,
considered the first written novel in the history of mankind, dating back to 1001-1005.
Hosoe framed each scroll
with Japanese fabrics, studying the background colors of every series.