Kenji Ishiguro / Expecting the unexpected

Entering eternity through the instant: a spotlight on Japanese photographer Kenji Ishiguro and his conceptual view of solitude and the naked body.

Entering eternity through the instant: a spotlight on Japanese photographer Kenji Ishiguro and his conceptual view of solitude and the naked body.

The history and original presence behind the work of Ishiguro highly contrasts with the other photographers we have explored. The Japanese photographer graduated from Kuwasawa Design School in 1959 and received Best New Artist Award in the same year of his graduation. He additionally worked in the film “A Man Vanishes” as photographer and “Muryoko no ou” as director. However, his most eminent work are series of photos taken in Tokyo between 1958-1969 during Japans economic growth. He captures a reconstruction of society and life but as well as a restoration in humanity.
Then there is a side to him outside of film and documented photographs that can be seen in his collection, “A Heartless Room”. There is a nude woman alone in a simple room, almost conveyed in solitude. The poses are natural in the most stilted setting. She stands, curled, and hunched-over nude in which seem to be thoughtless manners.
The state of the photo does not transmit sexuality, but as if you are watching a personal moment; one that could be related amongst us all. A moment of just being naked and being with yourself at your most natural outside of settings such as sex and a shower. It seems to be a moment that is frequently had but never seized.
Needless to say, the skill of photography Ishiguro possess leaves us always expecting the unexpected and looking at the conventional more thoroughly.


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