Hiroshi Hamaya: A Chronicle of Grief and Anger
Gallery &co119, Paris, 2017
In January 2017 I collaborated with Taka Ishii Gallery Photography Paris and Gallery &co119 to present a show of Hiroshi Hamaya's seminal 1960 series Ikari to kanashimi no kiroku (A Chronicle of Grief and Anger).
A documentation of the protests surrounding the renewal of the US-Japan Security Treaty in 1960, this exhibition features a series of 32 vintage prints which were made for the book Ikari to kanashimi no kiroku published by Kawade Shobo Shinsha in 1960.
A Chronicle of Grief and Anger marks the beginning of a decade of turbulent political protests in Japan and is one of the first among the series of publications — known as “protest books” — which opened up a new form of photographic expression throughout the 1960s. The series remains an outlier in Hamaya’s oeuvre: an impassioned and politically motivated cri de coeur, the project marks a turning point in his own work and contains the seeds of a new immersive, dynamic photographic approach which reached an apex in the late 1960s.
A Chronicle of Grief and Anger
119 rue Vieille du Temple, 75003, Paris
19 January - 25 February 2017