Shomei Tomastu

Shomei Tomastu was a post-war era photographer, his images influenced and redefined photography, in and outside of  Japan.

Untitled, from the series Chewing Gum and Chocolate, Okinawa, 1972
Vintage silver gelatin print
21 x 28 cm
Signed with negative date and print date in pencil on verso. Signed with print date in pencil on recto.

“>Enlarge A PHOTOGRAPHER LOOKS AT EVERYTHING, WHICH IS WHY HE MUST LOOK FROM BEGINNING TO END. FACE THE SUBJECT HEAD-ON, STARE FIXEDLY, TURN THE ENTIRE BODY INTO AN EYE AND FACE THE WORLD

I like how Shomei Tomastu’s style of photography was way ahead of his time. His high contrast, black and white pictures gave me a sense of queer. Peculiar, mysterious and voyeur in some images, but also the dark truth of what was happening during the post war era and the aftermath of the atomic bomb. Clearly, looking through Shomei Tomastu’s images, there was something unique and special about him. He dared to be different. He’s style of photography was original, he did not mimic others or tried to fit in. In this digital age, when people scroll through images and speed read through information many things get scroll through quickly and then gets forgotten, however, while scrolling through the pictures Shomei Tomastu took, the images gave me the urge to give another second to each of them. This is what I like about Shomei Tomastu’s pictures.

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All Images taken from the Internet.

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