2月 262012
 

木村伊兵衛写真賞をふり返るコーナー。

前回は1970年代の受賞作品を見てみました。今回は80年代前半です。

let me introduce Kimura Ihei Award, popular photographic award in Japan (review of 1970s is here). This time, early 1980s.We were getting rich and rich after the world war II. Did this affect to the selection?

1980年度は江成常夫さんの「花嫁のアメリカ」。戦後アメリカ人と結婚し渡米した日本人の花嫁を現地で取材したシリーズ。当時そういった人々は「戦争花嫁」と呼ばれたそうです。

1980 Tuneo Enari (江成常夫). He went to the States to interview/photograph war brides, who left Japan with American husband after the war. He consistently chooses dark side of Showa-era (1926-1989), (without no doubt the most dramatic time in the history of Japan), as the subjects.

1981年度は渡辺兼人さんの「既視の街」。

1981 Kanendo Watanabe (渡辺兼人). This could be a good example of one of the typical styles in Japanese photography, strolling around town and capture the images in black and white with vague concept. Images are rather poetic and lyrical. I said this is Japanese but not only us? I don’t know. All I can say is that there are still many photographers in Japan follows this style while many have appeared in contemporary art field too. Also when I talked to a photo editor in Korea, she told me they consider photography as an art form so that they never shoot without concept in Korea. Interesting.

1982年度は北島敬三さんの『NEW YORK』。

1982 Keizo Kitajima (北島敬三). “NEW YORK”

1983年度は該当者なし。1984年度は田原桂一さんの写真集『TAHARA KEIICHI 1973~1983』。1951年生まれの田原さんは1972年フランスに渡り、1977年にはアルル国際写真フェスティバル新人大賞を受賞されています。その後も彫刻や映像、光を使った様々なプロジェクトを手がけています。明らかにこれまでの木村伊兵衛賞の写真家とは違うタイプです。アーティストの公式サイトで様々な作品が見られますのでのぞいてみて下さい。

ちなみにこの年の候補者には荒木経惟さんも含まれていました(1980年度以来2度目)。

There was no nominee in 1983.

1984 Keiichi Tahara (田原桂一). He has quite unique background and totally different from the photographers selected so far. Born in Kyoto in 1951, he left to France in 1972, awarded Grand Prix des Jeunes Photographes, Arles France in 1977. His works are not only photographs, but also sculpture, movie, projects using light. If you see his web site (it is in Japanese, English and French), you will see.

By the way, Araki was nominated in this year. But he eventually hasn’t been given this award.

1985年度は三好一義さん。受賞写真集は『RAKUEN』。日本は80年代後半のバブル景気を最高潮とする好景気のまっただ中。南国のリゾート写真が時代を反映していますね。

次回は80年代後半です。

1985 Kazuyoshi Miyoshi (三好一義). We were getting closer to the top of post-war economic miracle time in late 80s to early 90s. Miyoshi’s pictures of resort islands certainly reflected the era.

Stay tuned for late 1980s.

 

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