Jiro Takamatsu's Photograph of Photograph Drawing No. 803, 1973-1974

Jiro Takamatsu
Photograph of Photograph Drawing No. 803, 1973-1974

Photograph

Gelatin silver print

44.625 x 37.25 in

Stephen Friedman Gallery

In 1973, Jiro Takamatsu participated in the Bienal de São Paulo with a new project he called ‘Photograph of Photograph’. He commissioned a professional photographer to rephotograph pictures from his family album in compositions that he had arranged. In doing so, the artist investigated how photography relates to memory and appropriation. Each black-and-white photograph was photographed from an acute angle to articulate deep shadows and bleached-out highlights and to make plain the worn and abraded dog-eared corners and dents in the photographic emulsion.

In each image, the restaged photos are obscured in some manner by glare, reflection, or shadow, and further distanced by the inclusion of the hired photographer, leaving their captured narratives incomplete and open to reinterpretation. These beautiful and haunting images pose more questions than they reveal answers and they make us aware of photography’s materiality, history and internal narratives. As critic Junza Ishiko stated, these works extend Takamatsu’s interest in “seeing the act of seeing”.

Works from the ‘Photograph of Photograph’ project belong to the collection of Tate, London; Guggenheim, New York and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York.

In 1973, Jiro Takamatsu participated in the Bienal de São Paulo with a new project he called ‘Photograph of Photograph’. He commissioned a professional photographer to rephotograph pictures from his… more

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