Keiichi Tahara

Japanese Photographer | Born: 1951 - Died: 2017

Tahara was born in Kyoto. He learned photographic techniques at an early age from his grandfather, a professional photographer.

In 1972, he travelled Europe with Red Buddha Theatre as a lighting and visual technician. While in France, he encountered a sharp, harsh and piercing light that he had never experienced in Japan. Since then, he remained in Paris for next 30 years and started his career as a photographer.

His first series of work "Ville (City)" (1973-1976) captured the unique light in Paris in black-and-white photography. His next series of work "Fenêtre (Windows)" (1973-1980) awarded the best new photographer by Arles International Photography Festival in 1977 and he moved into the limelight.The following year, he started the new series "Portrait" (1978), then "Eclat" (1979-1983) and "Polaroid" (1984) and received number of awards such as Ihei Kimura award (1985).

His morphological approach to light has extended to sculpture, installations, and other various method crossing over the genre of photography. In 1993, in moat of the Castle of Angers (1993), the first light sculpture in France, "Fighting the Dragon" (1993) was installed.

"Garden of Light" (Eniwa, Hokkaido, 1989) is a representative piece in which light sculptures are installed in a public space covered in snow for six months of the year. The light changes in response to music and presents a space of poetic dimensions. Based on the same concept, "Échos du Lumières" (2000) was installed in the Canal Saint-Martin, commissioned as a public space project by the City of Paris. The spectacle colors from the prisms illuminate the stone wall synchronizing with the sounds.

The rest of his work include a permanent outdoor installation "Niwa (Garden)" (2001) at the Photography Museum in Paris (Maison Européenne de la Photographie), "Portail de Lumière", an installation created as a part of the cultural project Lille 2004, and " Light Sculpture" exhibition at Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum in 2004.

In 2008, Tahara lead the project of building Ginza 888, with the artistic direction of the Museum of Islamic Art. A photography book was published.

He continued to produce a number of light installation projects in urban spaces. He died on 6 June 2017.

Source: Wikipedia

Keiichi Tahara
Keiichi Tahara
Keiichi Tahara
Keiichi Tahara
Keiichi Tahara
Keiichi Tahara
Keiichi Tahara
Keiichi Tahara
Keiichi Tahara
Keiichi Tahara
Keiichi Tahara
Keiichi Tahara
Keiichi Tahara
Keiichi Tahara
Keiichi Tahara
Keiichi Tahara
Keiichi Tahara
Keiichi Tahara
Keiichi Tahara
Keiichi Tahara
Keiichi Tahara
Keiichi Tahara
Keiichi Tahara
Keiichi Tahara
Keiichi Tahara
Keiichi Tahara
Keiichi Tahara
Keiichi Tahara
Keiichi Tahara
Keiichi Tahara
Keiichi Tahara
Keiichi Tahara
Keiichi Tahara: Architecture Fin-de-Siècle
Author: Keiichi Tahara, Riichi Miyake
Publisher: TASCHEN
Year: 2017 - Pages: 966
At the turn of the 20th century, architecture took an imaginative leap. As new construction materials and technologies met such far-flung stimuli as the Far East, Nirvana, and the unleashed unconscious of Freudian psychoanalysis, buildings by the likes of Gaudí, Horta, Hoffmann, Loos, and Mackintosh instilled structure with the sinuous lines of nature, surfaces with a fairy-tale shimmer, and spaces with an ethereal wash of light or shadowy, mysterious hush.

For this dramatic portfolio, the late architectural photographer Keiichi Tahara travelled across Europe to present the finest examples of this Art Nouveau architecture. From the glamorous façade of the Grand Hotel Europa to the elaborate sweep of a staircase or the perfect poise of a single chandelier, Tahara captures the intricate details as much as the holistic spatial effects of these ambitious, marvelous structures. With an eye attuned to the style’s organic detailing, he surveys its floral patterns, vine-like balustrades, and the soft, hollow interiors that seem to summon us into some primordial place.

Drenched in sunshine or draped in dramatic shadows, Tahara’s pictures excel in evoking not only the unrivaled aura of these buildings but also the particular, fin-de-siècle spirit of their age, caught on the axel of a century, and characterized by reflection and yearning, as much as technological, philosophical, and political advance. Texts by Riichi Miyake accompany Tahara’s pictures to describe the buildings’ floor plans, designs, and the broader context of their dreamlike environments.
 
David Bailey: SUMO
 
 

More Great Photographers To Discover

Alessandro Puccinelli
Nationality: Italian
My earliest professional experience dates from 1993 when I moved to Australia, as an assistant in advertising photography. Returning to Italy a few years later, I chose to concentrate my attention on commercial photography and personal work.

At the age of 16 I had the great good fortune, especially living in Italy, a country not widely known for big waves, of discovering the joy of surfing. From that moment forward was born a strong link with the sea that still (…)
Alessandro Puccinelli
Alessandro Puccinelli
Alessandro Puccinelli
Alessandro Puccinelli
Alessandro Puccinelli
Alessandro Puccinelli
Alessandro Puccinelli
Alessandro Puccinelli
 
Fan Ho
Nationality: Chinese
Born: 1931 - Died: 2016
From Modernbook Gallery:
Award-wining photographer Fan Ho has won 280 awards from international exhibitions and competitions worldwide since 1956. Ho has been elected Fellow of the Photographic Society of America, Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, England; Honorary Member of the Photographic Societies of Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Brazil, Argentina, Singapore and etc, and was honored with One-Man-Shows in the (…)
Fan Ho
Fan Ho
Fan Ho
Fan Ho
Fan Ho
Fan Ho
Fan Ho
Fan Ho
 
Diane Arbus
Nationality: American
Born: 1923 - Died: 1971

Diane Arbus (March 14, 1923 – July 26, 1971) was an American photographer and writer noted for black-and-white square photographs of "deviant and marginal people (dwarfs, giants, transgender people, nudists, circus performers) or of people whose normality seems ugly or surreal.". Arbus believed that a camera could be “a little bit cold, a little bit harsh” but its scrutiny revealed the truth; the difference between what people wanted others to see and what they really (…)
 
Ami Vitale
Nationality: American
Born: 1971
Nikon Ambassador and National Geographic magazine photographer Ami Vitale has lived in mud huts and war zones, contracted malaria, and donned a panda suit—all in keeping with her philosophy of “living the story.” She has traveled to more than 90 countries, bearing witness not only to violence and conflict, but also to surreal beauty and to the enduring power of the human spirit. Recently, she has turned her lens to compelling wildlife stories, such as returning critically (…)
Ami Vitale
Ami Vitale
Ami Vitale
Ami Vitale
Ami Vitale
Ami Vitale
Ami Vitale
Ami Vitale
 
Cindy Sherman
Nationality: American
Born: 1954
Cindy Sherman was born in 1954 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. Sherman earned a BA from Buffalo State College, State University of New York (1976). In self-reflexive photographs and films, Cindy Sherman invents myriad guises, metamorphosing from Hollywood starlet to clown to society matron. Often with the simplest of means—a camera, a wig, makeup, an outfit—Sherman fashions ambiguous but memorable characters that suggest complex lives that exist outside of the frame. Leaving her (…)
 
Miina Savolainen
Nationality: Finnish
Miina Savolainen is a community art oriented photographer and an art and social educator from Helsinki whose works deal social engagement. Alongside her artistic work she explores, teaches and develops the use of photography as a pedagogic and therapeutic method. Her work has resulted in the method of empowering photography. Miina Savolainen, her project The Loveliest Girl In The World and the method of empowering photography have received several awards in Finland. Miina (…)
 
Shuwei Liu
Nationality: Chinese
Born: 1986
Born on 2nd February, 1986 ,in Hebei, China
He currently lives in Beijing , China

Group Exhibitions
2011 “Original Gift”? Camera life 10-people-Exhibition ,Beijing, China
2012 Worbz Photo Exhibition by Yellow Pimento , Brussels , Belgium.
2013 NO MORE MONO , LDDC , Beijing , China

Press&Media
2009 Travel+Leisure ,Yoho, No.Music Magazine ,City Pictorial
2010 City Pictorial, Marie Claire, PSYCHOLOGIES, Travel+Leisure, Little Thing
2011 (…)
 
Claire Droppert
Nationality: Dutch

"My name is Claire Droppert, 35 yrs. A freelance photographer/graphic designer based in Rotterdam. In my work, I'm inspired by combinations of simplicity and minimalism, special places, and new editing techniques. My activities: digital art, digital imaging, digital photography, graphic design and photo manipulation."

About Dutch Mountains series: The Netherlands is an extreme flat country where mountains barely exist. Why not have descent mountains (…)
Claire Droppert
Claire Droppert
Claire Droppert
Claire Droppert
Claire Droppert
Claire Droppert
Claire Droppert
Claire Droppert
 
Sandrine Hermand-Grisel
Nationality: French
Born: 1973

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel grew up in Paris, France and in London, UK. She studied International Law before deciding to dedicate her life to photography in 1997. Influenced by her late mother's sculptures and her husbands paintings and films, she worked on several personal projects before her series Nocturnes was recognized in 2005 by Harry Gruyaert, Bertrand Despres and John Batho for the Prix Kodak de la Critique Photographique. In 2006 she moved with her family to the (…)
Sandrine Hermand-Grisel
Sandrine Hermand-Grisel
Sandrine Hermand-Grisel
Sandrine Hermand-Grisel
Sandrine Hermand-Grisel
Sandrine Hermand-Grisel
Sandrine Hermand-Grisel
Sandrine Hermand-Grisel
 
Gautam Narang
Nationality: British
Born: 1984
I found photography by mistake, when doing my GCSE, I was sitting in the study room, then heard a teacher describe the subjects they taught at the school. As he was going through the subjects, he mentioned photography. I thought to myself was this a subject? Photography! It's so easy, all you do is click (How, wrong I was, how very wrong) *sigh*. As a child I used to play around with cameras. I always looked through them as was interested In them. So I sat in the lesson and (…)
Gautam Narang
Gautam Narang
Gautam Narang
Gautam Narang
Gautam Narang
Gautam Narang
Gautam Narang
Gautam Narang
 
David Bailey: SUMO
 
Join our newsletter
Be up-to-date with call for entries, deadlines and other news about exhibitions, galleries, publications, & special events
 
Discover the 6th Issue of AAP Magazine
All About Photo Magazine showcases the winners of AAP Magazine Competitions
 
 
 
The Jules Maeght Gallery is a contemporary art gallery who seeks to engage the San Francisco community by infusing European artists, young and established alike, into a diverse, multimedia dialogue.
 
TAKES U TO THE NEXT LEVEL
 
Since 2005, your guide through contemporary art from a French perspective to let you make exciting choices