Sato on Sunday
At the request of reader Becci, this weekend's edition of "Feel Art Again" features Tokihiro SatÅ. The contemporary Japanese photographer is known for his black and white Photo-Respiration series, including the 1993 triptych "#171 Monflanquin (South)" shown above. His recent work, such as 2005's "Brooklyn Bridge" shown below, is much more colorful.
1. The works in Tokihiro SatÅ's Photo-Respiration series are created with a large-format (8x10) camera. SatÅ mounts the camera on a tripod for anywhere from 1 to 3 hours while he moves through the space—sometimes running, hiking, or climbing—with a flashlight or mirror creating points of light or illuminated lines.
2. SatÅ's photographs have been likened to sculptures of light. Interestingly enough, SatÅ was originally trained as a sculptor. He received both his BFA (1981) and his MFA (1983) in sculpture from the Tokyo University of the Arts. His first forays in photography were simply to document his sculptures.
3. For his Gleaning Light series, SatÅ created a series of public camera obscura sculptures, including multiple pinhole cameras. "Brooklyn Bridge" (shown below) was created with one of the multiple pinhole cameras.
4. SatÅ produces his photos as large gelatin silver transparencies, which he then suspends in front of white fluorescent lights. This method of display further enhances the glowing nature of SatÅ's Photo-Respiration works.
5. A reporter once asked SatÅ what the reflections of light in his Photo-Respiration. works "represented" to him. SatÅ replied that he does not intend any representation. The spots of light merely represent where he stood shining the light into the camera.
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