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FOTO CARE PRESENTS: The Japanese Aesthetic of Kehai in the Photography of Yukihito Masuura

OPENING RECEPTION WITH THE ARTIST: WEDNESDAY | APRIL 3RD | 6:30-8:30PM

Cocktail Reception: Hors d'Oeuvres and Beverages will be served.

EXHIBITION ON VIEW: APRIL 3 - APRIL 6, 2019

Foto Care in New York City is honored to present "The Japanese Aesthetic of Kehai in the Photography of Yukihito Masuura". Yukihito Masuura exhibits images of document on regular renewal of Shinto Shrine, Izumo Oyashiro. In about every 60 years, Izumo Oyashiro renovate substantially buildings and whole facilities. The end of this March, Izumo Oyashiro will complete 10 years long regular renovation costs more than $ 50 billion. Masuura focused to shoot background sprit of this renovation. 60 years appropriate to succeed culture of architects and artisans from last time renovation to the next. Izumo Oyashiro has been keeping sprit of life since more than 1000 years of natural life in Japan. He calls this sprit is kehai.

“I would like to show the world the evidence that it is possible to continue beauty and maintain a sustainable society for more than 1000 years” stated Masuura for this event.

Westerners have become familiar with many Japanese aesthetic concepts such as wabi, sabi, and kawaii, but the concept of kehai as a driving force in art is relatively unknown. Master photographer Yukihito Masuura, whose photos are in the private collection of the Emperor of Japan as well as the National Library of France, will exhibit and demonstrate how kehai – the concept of “Invisible Indications” – has influenced his life’s work recording the masterpieces of sacred Shinto architecture.

Very few artists have been allowed to photograph in both the tightly controlled sanctuaries of Japan’s most sacred Shinto shrines. He will show examples to explain how kehai has influenced his work, and what it means in the context of documenting the continuing traditions of Japan. Masuura uses custom-made traditional Japanese paper Washi for his exhibition prints.

Join us for an evening of celebrating the beauty of Yukihito Masuura's images.

About the photographer

Yukihito Masuura ~ Born in Tokyo in 1963, Yukihito Masuura moved to Paris at age 18 to pursue his dream of a career in photography, by seeking employment as the assistant to Guy Bourdin, the renowned photographer of Vogue Paris. He then focused his attention to the works of such Western artists as Aristide Maillol, Antoine Bourdelle and Auguste Rodin, developing a unique personal aesthetic to transform three-dimensional artifacts into two-dimensional art, via the application of natural light and refined camera movements.

Subsequently commissioned to photograph the collections of such major art museums as the Louvre, the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, and the Musée Rodin, Masuura was requested in 1988 to add more than thirty of his works to the permanent collection of the Bibliothèque nationale de France (National Library of France). A seven-year project to photograph all of Michelangelo’s sculptures followed (1994-2001), resulting in his stunning “GENESIS” solo exhibitions held in Florence’s Casa Buonarotti and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, which dramatically illustrate the importance of natural light and shadows to the photographic interpretation of solid objects, corroborating Michelangelo’s belief in light as “The Hand of God.” It was during this period that Masuura came to realize the importance of kehai – “The Invisible Indication” – as a guiding principle in his use of light.

In 2006, Masuura commenced his next major project, documenting the cyclical reconstruction and reconsecration of Japan’s most sacred Shinto shrines, Izumo Oyashiro (about every 60 years) and Ise Jingu (every 20 years). This religious tradition, Sengu, dates back more than 1300 years, and not only preserves the artisanal skills required for continuity in Japan’s architectural aesthetics, but also highlights the Japanese aesthetics of wood, paper, textiles and natural light as an artistic symbiosis with nature.

Masuura’s works are included in museums and private collections world-wide, including the private library of Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan. He was awarded the prestigious Salon d’Automne in 1987.

To learn more about Yukihito Masuura, visit his website: http://www.masuura.com/en/







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