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Program

7 Apr 2020 - 17 May 2020

HAMILTONS GALLERY: PRAGUE IN THE EYES OF TOMIO SEIKE

Embark on a journey discovering Prague with the renowned Japanese photographer Tomio Seike. In high contrasting black and white images inspired by Josef Sudek, Seike alternates between street views and cropped interiors seen through windows.


Tomio Seike
was born in Tokyo in 1943 and following his graduation from The Japanese Photographic Academy in 1970, Seike was an assistant photographer until 1974. He started working freelance, primarily within the fashion industry, in addition to portrait photography. Around this time he made his first move to England.


One of Seike's first series comprises portraits of Zoe Leonard, taken over a 5 year period. His intimate photographs of the artist give a rare insight into her youth and the series bought him significant recognition as a photographer. Seike’s later works of figurative nudes, along with his other series such as ‘Paris’, ‘Glynde Forge’, ‘Waterscapes’ and ‘Overlook’, enhanced his reputation as a contemporary master working in a classical style.

This most recent series 'Prague', which has not been shown before now, began when Seike visited Prague in 2019, in admiration for Josef Sudek and his ability to capture light in his photography. In highly contrasting black and white images employing natural light offset by deep shadows, Seike seems to be discovering an unknown city through detached observation. These views of Prague share a similar spirit to Eugène Atget or Brassai’s representations of Paris, evoking a strong sense of place while also emphasising formal photographic qualities of light, form and space.  


Seike’s work has been widely exhibited throughout Europe, Japan and America, and resides in a number of private and public collections including The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Maison Européenne de la Photographie and the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris amongst others.

Photos and a video with commentary are available on Hamiltons Gallery website HERE.


Cover image:
Tomio Seike: Untitled #1, Prague, 2019

 


Tomio Seike: Untitled #2, Prague, 2019


Tomio Seike: Untitled #3, Prague, 2019


Tomio Seike: Untitled #13, Prague, 2019

 

 

 

TOMIO SEIKE
Untitled #1, Prague, 2019
Signed on verso
Gelatin silver print
11 x 14 in. (27.9 x 35.6 cm.) paper size
    
Venue:

online

Date

From: 7 Apr 2020
To: 17 May 2020

Organizer:

Hamiltons Gallery


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