The beauty of the deep sea has been presented in recent movies, and this photo is an objet I found on the coast of Matsuyama City, a corner of the Seto Inland Sea. One day in late March, at high tide, the coast was covered with tidal flats far into the distance, with beautiful striped patterns due to last night's strong wind. There was a series of small barbed piles dotting from the tidal flats to the offshore area. As I approached, I was surprised. The rotten woods were beautifully covered with seaweed and had shapes that makes one imagine birds, dogs, fur seals, squids, etc. It was truly wonderful. As I started to take their pictures, the tide gradually came in, they became submerged in the tide before I could take enough pictures. I had visited there sometimes to meet this situation again, but due to the tide and weather conditions, they seldom appeared on the ground. In the summer, the algae rotted away, and in the winter, they gradually increased. I could not find them as beautiful as they were at that time, and could only obtain 20 or so original plates of those.
Kiyoshi Niiyama "The Illusion of Tidal Flats" from "Camera Mainichi" (the Mainichi Newspapers Co.), 1955, October issue.
In commemoration of the 110th anniversary of his birth, Kinkan Gallery is pleased to present "At the Tidal Flats", an exhibition of photographs by Kiyoshi Niiyama.
Kiyoshi Niiyama (1911-1969) was a photographer active from pre-war to post-war, and left behind many works ranging from landscapes to portraits. His work was widely recognized by Otto Steinert, a German photographer who advocated "Subjektive Fotografie" (Subjective Photography), and is still appreciated both in Japan and abroad. After the war, from 1945 to 1952, Kiyoshi Niiyama returned to his hometown in Ehime. It was during this time that he visited the Imazu Beach in Matsuyama, where he happened to come across this kind of tidal flat landscape. He visited the beach many times after that, but it was only on that one day that he encountered this kind of scenery. In this exhibition, we will show about 15 works from a series of about 20 tidal flats photographs taken on that single day, including more than 10 vintage prints printed by Kiyoshi Niiyama. We are also planning to produce a photo book of "At the Tidal Flats". We hope you will take this opportunity to see them.
(Kyoko Ota, Kinkan Gallery)
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