RIP | Shomei Tomatsu

Shomei Tomatsu
 
I was sad to learn today that Shomei Tomatsu has died.  Tomatsu was a major influence on the Provoke generation of Japanese photographers.

These young photographers, such as Takuma Nakahira and Daido Moriyama, developed a freewheeling, highly expressionistic visual style that seemed to push the individual photographic image to the edge of descriptive incoherence. Tomatsu was a proponent of this approach, though not quite as extreme as some. The important thing about the whole group, and Tomatsu also, was that the rough-hewn tone of the imagery was not simply a style or an aesthetic, but a means of registering an attitude toward the world, a stance of defiance and political protest.

Read the rest of the BJP obituary here: http://www.bjp-online.com/british-journal-of-photography/news/2234262/japanese-photography-legend-shomei-tomatsu-has-died#ixzz2HJDEXWCi

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