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Published: September 08 2009

Courtesy of Galerie Sho Contemporary Art

Solo exhibition of Jumonji who is a known photographer in field of advertisement, commercial photograph, and image expression, and has announced topicality high photographs.

Within every part of a human body, face is especially meaningful to me. I could imagine "some kinds of face" by looking at a glance of just three pushpins pierced on the wall. Even out of rough halftone-dot printings, the individual characteristics of each face can be easily detected. It is obvious for me to interpret from one to another. Inside my brain some kind of "peculiar cells" must be existed to react only human faces.

These days I have kept dreaming of taking pictures of someone’s face. What kinds of portrait pictures do attract me? The answer may be integrated as follows: the portrait should have some freedom from absolute moment, and it has to be considered like more important than just depicting a piece of dramatic facial expressions. Furthermore, the most fascinating portraits will be unidentified ones until I shoot them. In other words, there must be no logics to be interfered with.

I sincerely wish to witness such ongoing realism, or the necessity captures in a new direction.

Bishin Jumonji

* The quotation text provided by Galerie Sho Contemporary Art.

Last Updated on September 05 2009

Editor's Note by Satoshi Koganezawa

The image which was printed on the direct mail reminded me of Francis Bacon, since specific parts of the upper side of the face above the nose were erased boldly. The whole face looked squashed. Nonetheless, most of his other works which are shown in this exhibition reconstitute three-dimensional human faces into two dimensions, as we often find in cubist works. In fact in many ways, the exhibits make me feel I have already seen them in that they are portrait-like photos, but I still feel uncomfortable about his creations in which human faces are deformed. This approach is not commonly found in portraits. (Translated by Nozomi Nakayama)

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