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Ikkō Narahara

Ikkō Narahara é um fotógrafo japonês. Nasceu em Fukuoka, Narahara Estudou Direito na Universidade Chuo e,foi influenciado por estátuas de Buda em Nara, história da arte na escola de graduação da Universidade de Waseda, a partir do qual recebeu um MA em 1959. Wikipedia

Nasceu : 1931, Prefeitura de Fukuoka, Japão
Educação : Universidade Chuo
Livros : Tóquio, nos anos 50





Ikko Narahara (translated by Tatsuo Shibata), 1970


Ikko Narahara’s ‘Japanesque’ series explores his conflicting cultural identity in which both a “deep affection for and irritation at this culture” exist (Yamazaki, 1970). Upon returning to Japan after spending three years in Europe, Narahara views his heritage from a new perspective and questions his relationship with his own ethnicity.



Narahara’s work reveals the complex dichotomies that exist within cultural representations. As Japan’s traditions become overexposed by fleeting tourists, their historical value and significance are diluted. An overnight mediation retreat on Mount Koya is seen as a way to experience the Zen mediation of Buddhist monks that have existed since the 8th century.


Narahara’s photographs of Zen rituals reexamine these clichés and propose a duty to the viewer: to uphold the sanctity of such deeply rooted traditional practices. As an invisible observer he peers into an unseen world that defies the limitations of the physical or tangible and provides a transcendental glimpse of its inhabitants. The outline of a Monk’s head is illuminated behind a Shōji screen and a Zen priest floats quickly along the corridor of monastery. Light is used to create movements that surround the religious figures, while stark tonality creates an aura that elates their presence. The unabated dynamicism of Narahara lens reveals and emphasizes the unwavering strength and stillness of Japanese tradition.

Ikko Narahara, Japanesque  Zen  (Sojiji, Kanagawa), 1969

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