Kazuumi TakahashiArtist Biography
1963 Born Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture
1991 Completed graduate studies, Tokyo College of Photography
1986 Graduated College of Humanities, Kanto Gakuin University
1989 Graduated Tokyo College of Photography
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2003 When women have confidence, Namba Gallery (Tokyo)
2002 Moving Sacred Ground, EX'REALM Event Space (Tokyo)
2000 Super Flat, Kaneko Art 2 (Tokyo)
2000 Botanica, Kaneko Art 2 (Tokyo)
1999 Surface, Art Space Rashinban (Tokyo)
1998 Coming and Going, Kaneko Art Gallery (Tokyo)
1996 Seascape and Landscape, NYK Line Yokohama Building
(Yokohama/1st Yokohama International Photography Festival)
1995 On the Seashore, Pastrays Photo Gallery (Yokohama)
1992 Des paysage de la mer, Pastrays Photo Gallery (Yokohama)
1991 Heavy Makeup, Kaneko Art G1 (Tokyo)
Selected Group Exhibitions
2003 Mobile Telephone Photographs, Gallery ES (Tokyo)
2000 4 People, Kaneko Art 2 (Tokyo)
1997 Chaotic View, Omori Belport Museum (Tokyo)
1997 Chaotic View, Kanagawa Prefectural Gallery (Yokohama)
1995 Photographs 1995, Tsukuba Museum of Art (Tsukuba, Ibaraki)
1994 A Wavering Look, Gallery Den Floor2 (Tokyo)
1993 Photographs 1993, Tsukuba Museum of Art (Tsukuba, Ibaraki)
1991 The Linescape, Ginza Nagatani Gallery (Tokyo)
1991 Continuum, Gallery Space 21 (Tokyo)
1990 Memoryscape, Ginza Nagatani Gallery (Tokyo)
1989 The broken lock system photographs, Ginza Kyubido Gallery (Tokyo)
1989 Witness, Fuji Photo Salon (Tokyo)
1989 VIEW, Gallery Kokuryo (Tokyo)
2007 High Tide Wane Moon (Nazraeli Press)
Joy of Giving Something Inc. (New York)
To the very basic question of “why do I take photographs?” I would reply, “because I am standing here with a camera.” And I am able to be standing here thanks to gravity, which is the subject of my work.
The waxing and waning of the Moon and the movement of the planets are influenced by the gravity of the Sun and the Earth; the waves and tides of the Earth are affected by the Moon. Therefore, photographs of the Moon and the sea are complementary.
In the due process of thinking deeply about creating photographs, the photographer must think directly about "what kind of person he is" and "what is photography." Born into a fishing family, the sea represented to me the source of our livelihood and my “original landscape.” Fishermen will naturally become attuned to the coming and going of the tide.
The Moon that we all see is actually an image, a reflection of the Sun. The waxing and waning of the Moon is influenced by the Earth; it is formed from light and shadow, just as with an elementary image. Numerous tales involving the images that are the Moon and the planets have been created by people throughout the world since ancient times; this must be an indication of the original relationship between images and people.
My Sea photographs represent “my personal existence and origins,” while the Moon (planet) photographs represent “the existence and origin of all photographs/photographers.”
To me, the Sea and Moon photographs are two sides of the same coin. All the photographs in High Tide Wane Moon are inter-related, connected to the others by the gravity they each possess.