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Yasuo Kiyonaga Spirit of Forest 02, 2008

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  • Medium

    Photography : inkjet, paper

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    16.1 x 11.4 x 0.1 inch

  • Support

    Photography on fine art paper

  • Framing

    Black aluminium frame

  • Artwork dimensions including frame

    23.6 x 17.6 x 0.9 inch

  • Type

    Numbered and limited to 5 copies
    5 remaining copies

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    and a certificate of authenticity

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    In many rural areas in Japan, the legends of invisible life forms of the forests are still handed down. I took to the road to meet the spirit of forest. Carrying my camera, I enter the forests and with enough exposure I can see the sprits of forest. The spirits decides the time of photographic exposure. They talk to me, “Use more exposure,” “Do more shooting.” To my surprise, I can’t feel the color of them. In the deep deep forests, the color fades away gradually. To see the spirits, there is no way other than an accidental encounter. The weather shouldn’t be good mist or fog is better.The forests should be deeper, and darker. Walking in silence is the best.
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Yasuo Kiyonaga

Japan Born in: 1948

Photographer born in 1948 in Kagawa Prefecture, Japan.

Its activities are based in Tokyo, Kyoto and Paris.

Yasuo Kiyonaga's work crosses the abstraction of phenomena: it is inspired by the cubist and surrealist movements.

Yasuo Kiyonaga surrealistically translates phenomena from all universes such as nature, mountain villages, cities and human beings. Captured by his viewfinder, the subjects are first deconstructed, then receive new forms before the meaning of their existence is revealed by Kiyonaga. The artist crosses the conventional notion of "photography". He uses his unique technique to reconcile seemingly incompatible phenomena: photography and painting, nature and artifice, the two- and three-dimensional, past and future or even dream and reality, until reaching the sublimation of his art.

Kiyonaga set out for photography in 1966, influenced in this by Jean-Eugène Atget and Aaron Siskind. Graduated from a photography school in 1970, he joined the company Recruit Co., Ltd for which he photographed people in their professional practice. In 1980, he founded the company SHC, which designs and produces communications services for businesses, services that were still rare at that time. SHC Co., Ltd., with 150 employees, is today a leader in this sector.

While long remained in the world of photojournalism, Kiyonaga undertakes new challenges at the cutting edge of progress in corporate communication. His own views, observations, conceptions and judgments based on diverse experiences are the source of his current creative activities.

Kiyonaga has seriously resumed his artistic activities since 1995. He is also a gallery owner: he has opened several galleries in order to present Japanese and foreign photographers and to exhibit his own work.

He currently owns 4 galleries (one private gallery, two galleries, one online gallery):

Kyoto Museum of Photography Artisan Gallery TOKYO (Japan), Kyoto Museum of Photography Gallery Japanesque (Japan), Gallery Japanesque Paris (France), Kyoto Museum of Photography.

His main photography exhibitions: Spirit of Forest at the Epson Imaging Gallery Epsite (2010), Hanoi x 6% at the Kintetsu Abeno Harukas Art Gallery (2020), Identity, Two Landscapes at the Kyoto Museum of Photography Gallery Japanesque (2020).

He is also the author of several photo books: Leslie (1999), Spirit of Forest (2007), Paris Sketch (2012), The Japanese Beautiful Landscapes series (2008-), Japanese Tools (2015), Ujô Senses of Rain ( 2016).

Kiyonaga daily travels through ancient towns, mountain and fishing villages in Japan and around the world in order to be inspired by it for the realization of photographic works.

He is a member of the Japan Professional Photographers Society (JPS) and the Photographic Society of Japan (PSJ).

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