Even if it Changes What We See through This Window
Yoshida Shiho Photography Exhibition
100th Anniversary for Tokyo Polytechnic University
November 10, 2023 - January 31, 2023
10:00 - 19:00
Closed : Thursday, Sunday, Holiday
(Except for December 27, 2023 - January 4, 2024, January 12, 2024 - January 14, 2024)
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of Tokyo Polytechnic University, the Shadai Gallery will host an exhibition of the work of photographer and University graduate Yoshida Shiho.
In 2014, as a 4th-year student at the University, Yoshida Shiho made a stunning debut by winning the grand prize at the 11th 1_WALL Photography exhibition, which has spawned numerous well-known photographers. In 2017, her work was a finalist at the 11th Shiseido Art Egg, a contemporary art contest that rarely selects photography. Since then, she has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions here and abroad, received invitations to photography festivals, and in 2022 was awarded the 46th Kimura Ihei Award, one of Japan’s most prestigious photography prizes. She has become a leading young figure in both the photography and art worlds.
Yoshida’s work features methods that combine analog and digital processes. She is also adept at installations that make the exhibition space part of the art work. For one of her leading works, Survey: Mountains, she looked for shooting locations on the internet and photographed the maps and aerial photographs she found in the process. Taking the photographs in hand, she headed to the actual location. Based on her feelings and sensations when she stood on site, she used various methods to combine the landscape before her with the photographs she brought. Finally she created landscapes that do not actually exist but can only be produced through the combination of analog and digital processes.
Even if it Changes What We See through This Window is a new work that takes “resolution” as its key word. Resolution is the density that comprises an image, with higher density producing higher quality images. Recently people who have clear understanding or thinking about things are said to have “high resolution.” All equipment is developed to attain the highest resolution, and many people desire this. But in an all-digital world, many young people respond to the special feel of film photography, and they have taken to intentionally using old low-resolution compact cameras. There are many who feel a certain discomfort with high-resolution images, or conversely feel affection for images of lower resolution.
This work involves first making an image with a high-resolution digital camera, then enlarging that image as a print several meters in size. This is then photographed using types of cameras with a variety of resolutions. The cameras ranged from a large-body camera that uses 8x10 sheet film, and a Quick Snap disposable film camera, to a compact digital camera produced in 2005. Even though they are photographs of the same image, the results produced by the different cameras vary greatly. Depending on the camera, the window that is the viewfinder differs, and what we see through it changes. Yoshida believes that each has its own personality and appeal.
This exhibition is centered on Even if it Changes What We See through This Window, and it will also include other representative works, including Survey: Mountains. This the first exhibition to include new work since she won the Kimura Ihei Award.
Yoshida Shiho (1992–)
Born in Chiba Prefecture. Base of activities is the Tokyo metropolis. Graduated from Tokyo Polytechnic University in 2015. In 2022 she was awarded the 46th Kimura Ihei Award.
Selected exhibitions include Memories Penetrate the Ground and Permeate the Wind: Contemporary Japanese Photography vol. 18 (Tokyo Museum of Photographic Art, 2021); Azamino Photo Annual: What We See When We Pause (Yokohama Civic Art Gallery Azamino, 2021); TOKAS—Emerging 2020 (Tokyo Arts and Space, 2020); and Quarry: The Story of a Stone (Yumiko Chiba Associates, 2018).
Awards include the grand prize at the 11th 1_WALL Photography exhibition (2014); finalist in 11th Shiseido Art Egg contest (2017), and finalist in the Prix Pictet Japan Award 2017.
About Shadai Gallery
Tokyo Polytechnic University is the most traditional and longest-established photographic institution in our country since 1923. Among other university establishments, Shadai Gallery was opened in 1975 as Japan’s pioneer facility and existence that exhibits, collects and researches both domestic and international photographs.
When talking about Shadai Gallery, it is inseparable with one of the leading Japanese photographers, Eikoh Hosoe, who was the founding director of the gallery. Hosoe, born in 1933 is known for his series such as “Ordeal by Roses” (1963) modeled by Japanese author Yukio Mishima, and “Kamaitachi” (1969) which documented Japanese choreographer Tatstumi Hijikata. Since young, hosoe’s style of shooting numerous human bodies as his portrait gave sensations throughout the world. In 1975, Hosoe, who was already a striking photographer at the time, acceded as a professor at Tokyo Polytechnic University. As one of the conditions as becoming part of photographic education, he suggested the installation of a gallery for the spread of the art.
Back in 1975, photographs were already exhibited and archived like any other art genre, such as paintings and sculptures at museums across the United States and Europe.
In Japan, however, such culture was not yet accustomed and there were no such public institutions that followed the manner. Hosoe made a point that the most effective way to express “ the wonderfulness of photography” and “the love and respect to photography,” is to make a gallery within an academic facility. With this strong will, Shadai Gallery welcomed its opening with the exhibition of “ Wynn Bullock” on May 20th, 1975.
Wynn Bullock (1902-1975), a famous American photographer participated in “The Family of Man” held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1955 with his “Let There Be Light” (1954) used as the leadoff piece. The exhibition was to celebrate the museum’s 25th anniversary and it toured around more than 38 countries worldwide, allowing nine million people view the show. His exhibition at Shadai Gallery was his first solo show in Japan, and it became a big focus.
Since then, Shadai Gallery has organized numerous solo exhibits of well-known foreign photographers and historically signified domestic photographers. During the exhibitions, the gallery often invites the artists for special workshops and talk shows involving students as well as general visitors.
When Shadai Gallery was opened, Tokyo Polytechnic University held its original name, Tokyo College of Photography (Tokyo Shashin Daigaku), which was called Sha-dai for short. Hence the name of the gallery came from this abbreviation but even after the school name changed to Tokyo Polytechnic University in 1977, the gallery name stuck to this day.
Shadai Gallery archives more than ten thousand photographs and as for an institution affiliated with an educational establishment, this number should be renowned to the world.
The gallery’s collection includes works from worldly known photographers such as William Henry Fox Talbot, Nadar, and Edward Weston as well as Ihei Kimura, Shomei Tomatsu and Ikko Narahara. Also among them, over twelve hundred important works of Ken Domon and a nine hundred early works of Daido Moriyama should be noted as an important part of the collection.
These collections are put to practical use for education and research daily, and are exhibited to the public for photography fans inside and outside of campus throughout the year.
Tokyo Polytechnic University, Shadai Gallery
2-9-5 Honcho, Nakano-ku, Tokyo