Tamiko Nishimura "Ryojin (My Journey)"
Zen Foto Gallery is pleased to announce our fourth solo exhibition with Tamiko Nishimura from May 11 to June 16, 2018. In this exhibition, the gallery presents 15 vintage silver gelatin prints produced in 1979 by Nishimura, which will also be included in the accompanying photobook publication “My Journey (Ryojin)”.
“Ryojin” were selected from approximately 1,500 images taken from 1968 to 1980s. During the process, I feel as if the space and time I have lived through were rising around me like a haze.
I have always taken snapshots with my camera whether I am walking, on trains, buses or boats. It is a stance that has never changed in the past several decades.
I take photographs, load the film into a developing reel and develop the films in a deep tray as I hear the clattering sound. Then I print contact sheets, select the images and make prints from them. This practice has also never changed for decades. The images would slowly appear in the developer, and the black becomes denser. I like the time I spend in the dark room observing how the objects captured would appear during the development process.
As long as films are still available, I would continue taking photographs with film.
A limited-edition photography book “My Journey (Ryojin)” will be published by the gallery to accompany the exhibition. The book consists of 60 monochrome works selected from photographs taken between years 1968 to 1980s, including some unpublished works.