Takuma Nakahira: Questioning the Beauty of Photography

September 04, 2020 at 12:08 hrs.
Takuma Nakahira broke the aesthetic scheme in his photographs (Internet Photo)
Takuma Nakahira broke the aesthetic scheme in his photographs (Internet Photo)

 

This September, it is five years since the death of the Japanese photographer Takuma nakahira.

Photographic critic in the post-war period in his country, his work consisted of taking images of Japanese society after World War II and questioning the aesthetic culture of the photography contemporary

The author collaborated as editor in the art magazine Gendai don't (Contemporary Eye), and specialized in photography. She also contributed to the magazine. Provoke, where he had the opportunity to work closely with daido moriyama and with Koji Taki.

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Breaking with the aesthetics of photography

 

A Takuma nakahira he is known for his “thick, fuzzy and out of focus” style. He wrote several essays, including one entitled "Has photography been able to provoke language?", Perhaps seeking to question the line of beauty and art in contemporary photography.

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In 1971, at the Paris Biennale, he made a different presentation: on the first day he exhibited his work, took photos of the inauguration and printed them; on the second day the display it was another.  

PhotoEspaña

The photography exhibition is currently taking place PhotoEspaña, a festival that takes place in several cities in that country.

For this year, a selection of Japanese photography from the 50s to the 70s was made, including Moriyama and Takuma Nakahira. Of course, in Photo España the theme of the coronavirus is present: the exhibition will end on October 31, 2020.

 

The 70 years

Nakahira took a Spanish course in the late 60s. Once settled in the 70s, his style was already defined in his work: rough, blurred, unfocused and cold images.

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The photographer had alcohol problems which caused amnesia and language problems. Once recovered, he continued his work with the camera.

Finally, Takuma Nakahira passed away in 2015 at the age of 77 in Yokohama city, south of Tokyo, because of pneumonia.