Exhibition at SCVA: Masters of Japanese Photography

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On Saturday 21st January 2017 I visited the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich, and had a look around one of their current exhibitions: Masters of Japanese Photography.

I have attached a PDF of the guide that is available on the SCVA’s website: masters-of-japanese-photography-2016-gallery-guide

I noted that the exhibition focussed on three photographers, all who started working properly after the Second World War had ended, and I made notes as I walked around each of the sections of the exhibit.

Nobuyoshi Araki

One of the most striking images of Araki’s on display was the cover image of the Gallery Guide (linked above), Colourscapes, 1991, which was a portrait style shot of a young woman eating watermelon. Following this, the first collection of his I looked at was of a series of flower images, all of which were very bold and colourful. Araki had mostly focussed on the flowers centres…

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Henri Cartier-Bresson & Giacometti Exhibitions, SCVA

Creative Arts 1: Creative Arts Today

In August I went to look at two exhibitions that were on display at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich.

These were Henri Cartier-Bresson: PARIS, and Alberto Giacometti: A Line Through Time.

The exhibition of Paris consisted of a collection of 81 photographs taken between 1929 and 1985, and for me was a fascinating example of street photography. Having not previously seen so many examples of Cartier-Bresson’s work in one place, I enjoyed looking at the range of photographs of daily life around the city of Paris.

Cartier-Bresson’s development of the term ‘decisive moment’, and of ‘sketching’, is something that has influenced modern photography. The idea that the photographer has that split second to capture an image, such as movement or a significant moment in time, is something that is more attainable with modern technology, such as camera phones, or compact cameras.

A Line Through Time

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