Imai Tomoki Art works
Invited Artist Imai Tomoki, Photographer
Invitation Time October 2013
Theme for the stay Follow tourism development through the eyes of Katherine Mansfield and Rainer Maria Rilke

Imai is a photographer focusing on very ordinary elements of nature. But through simple pictures of landscape he is able to convey a sense of spirituality in his pictures. He has been interested in the borderline which separates the real and the unreal and in environmental issues.

"[...]The artist takes photos with a large-format camera equipped with a 1940s American lens and a tripod, waiting for that elusive moment when the perfect mixture of light and darkness provides the backdrop for that singularly fantastic snapshot. It’s this painstakingly orthodox and patient approach to shooting, combined with an equally alchemic touch in the darkroom that transforms the most mundane scenery into the breathtakingly haunting, ethereal artwork that the artist has become known for.[...]" 1

Selected Exhibitions:

2005 "The Ancient Sound of the Image. Contemporary Photography from Japan", Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, Palazzo Fontana di Trevi, Rome
"PHotoEspaña06 - On Recent Photograph", ICO Museum, Madrid
2010 Solo Show: “Gravity and light", Little more chika, Tokyo
2012 "Mental Map Studies" Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo
2013 Solo Show: "Semicircle Law", Taka Ishii Gallery Photography/Film, Tokyo

For further information on the artist, please consults artist website

Imai Tomoki was a cmarts 2013 artist in residency. Result of his work will be presented/published in 2014