Hiroshi Hamaya - A Chronicle of Grief and Anger
Jan 19, 2017 — Feb 25, 2017
Taka Ishii Gallery Photography Paris is pleased to present “A Chronicle of Grief and Anger” a solo exhibition of photographs by Hiroshi Hamaya from January 19 to February 25. The exhibition will feature a series of 32 vintage prints which were made for the publication of the book, Ikari to Kanashimi no Kiroku [A Chronicle of Grief and An- ger] (Kawade Shobo Shinsha, 1960), a documentation of the protests surrounding the renewal of the US-Japan Security Treaty in 1960. These prints will be exhibited in Europe for the first time.
“A Chronicle of Grief and Anger” marks the beginning of a decade of turbulent political protests in Japan and is one of the first among the series of publications — known as “protest books” — which opened up a new form of photographic expression throughout the 1960s. The series remains an outlier in Hamaya’s oeuvre: an impassio- ned and politically motivated cri de coeur, the project marks a turning point in his own work and contains the seeds of a new immersive, dynamic photographic approach which reached an apex in the late 1960s.
An exhibition organized in collaboration with Marc Feustel, an independent curator, writer and editor based in Paris.