Kinkan Gallery is pleased to present "A Sign of This," an exhibition of Soichi Kiyooka's photographs from July 14 to July 31. Soichi Kiyooka (1915-1991) was born in Kochi and moved to Tokyo in 1934. This was also the time when surrealism in photography, represented by Kansuke Yamamoto, began to emerge. Around 1950, when Ken Domon began advocating realist photography, Kiyooka was employed as a commercial photographer. In the 1960s, in response to realist photography, the "VIVO" group was formed by several young photographers (Shomatsu Tomei and Ikko Narahara, etc) and also Takuma Nakahira, Yutaka Takanashi, Daido Moriyama and others published the photography magazine "provoke," around that time, Kiyooka began his career as an independent freelance photographer. In an era when various movements of photographic expression were taking place, Kiyooka continued to produce photographs as a form of self-expression, making full use of photographic mechanisms and their possibilities, such as infrared filters, wide-angle lenses, and solarization. This exhibition will feature about 15 vintage prints. Please take this opportunity to view them.
We would like to express our deepest gratitude to everyone who helped us organize this exhibition, including Yoichi Niinyama of Cosmos International Inc., Keiko Washizu, the eldest daughter of Mr. Kiyooka, photographer Atsuto Shimada, and photographer Yu Shinoda who contributed text to the exhibition.
(Kyoko Ota, Kinkangallery)
*Sanitizing sprays are placed at the entrance, and air is changed periodically. Please wear a mask and disinfect at the entrance when you visit.
*In order to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus infection, admission may be restricted for safety reasons.