3月 052012
 

木村伊兵衛写真賞をふり返るコーナー。

今回は1986年度から1989年度です。

Let me introduce Kimura Ihei Award, popular photographic award in Japan (review of 1970s is here, early 1980s here). This time, late 1980s.

1986年度は和田久士さんの『アメリカン・ハウス – その風土と伝統』。

ストリートスナップ、ジャーナリズム、ネイチャーフォト、ファインアート、スタイルは特に限定されないのが木村伊兵衛写真賞の特徴です。

The winner of 1986, Hisashi Wada. Wada photographed old American houses mostly from 18th century. As you probably noticed already, Kimura Ihei Award has very wide range of selection in terms of photographer’s style and stance. Street snap, journalism, nature photo, fine art… it does not matter. Very Japanese?

1987年度は中村征夫さんの『全・東京湾』と『海中顔面博覧会』。

The winner of 1987, Ikuo Nakamura.

1988年度は宮本隆司さんの『建築の黙示録』と写真展「九龍城砦」。

The winner of 1988, Ryuji Miyamoto. Titled Architectual Apocalypse, Miyamoto captured the moment of historical architecture’s demolition. In 1995, Miyamoto photographed destroyed buildings after Great Hanshin earthquake. You can see his works here (worth checking out).

1989年度は、石内都さんに続く2人目の女性受賞者、武田花さん。

80年代後半はバブル景気、日本はお金に浮かれてお金に踊らされていた時期です。1987年に当時の安田火災海上保険(現損保ジャパン)が約53億円でゴッホの「ひまわり」を購入、1989年にはオートポリス社の社長がピカソの絵を74億円で購入。サラリーマンたちが会社の経費で豪遊している時代です。

The winner of 1989, Hana Takeda. She started to photograph stray cats in town after graduating university. She has been published many photobooks and photo essays, mostly related to cat. But this awarded series of work titled Nemuso-na-machi (sleepy town), she focused on street itself. Her street snap photos are not wet, rather dry and that’s why peculiar.

By the way, it’s in the middle of bubble economy in late 1980s in Japan. Yasuda Fire & Marine Insurance Company(now became Sompo Japan Insurance Inc.) bought Vincent Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” for roughly 60 million dollars in 1987. In 1989, a real-estate developer and investment banker Tomonori Tsurumaki purchased a Picasso’s painting for 50 million dollars. There are so many crazy legends of rich Japanese in this era and I would like to introduce them on another opportunity.

Back to Kimura Ihei Award.

So Takeda was shooting quietly while many of us were crazy about money.

1989年は2人同時受賞。星野道夫さんのアラスカに関する作品群が選ばれています。

次回は90年代です。

The winner of 1989, Michio Hoshino. There is one more winner in this year. Hoshino was attracted in nature especially of Alaska. He unfortunately died while he was in Alaska. Bear, which he loved, sarcastically attacked him. He left large amount of works both photographs and texts and his works and lifestyle still have strong influence on many creators.

I compared two Alaskas, one is through Hoshino’s eye and the other is through Peter Southerland’s. The article is here.

Finally, it’s 1990s next time.

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