October 7, 2015/ Time to be announced

Ishiuchi Miyako: Fragility in Photos

A photographer's intimate study of the body and soul

The prolific and provocative photographer Ishiuchi Miyako will be in L.A. this October for the opening of her brand new photo exhibition titled Postwar Shadows at the J. Paul Getty Museum, and The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles has invited her to give a lecture on October 2nd.

Since the late '70s, Ishiuchi Miyako has produced collections of her own photography which have explored various thought-provoking subjects such as post-war daily Japanese life in the formerly US-occupied town of Yokosuka, as well as the vulnerability and aging of the body, especially the female body. In her lecture, Ishiuchi will provide us with an insight into her photographic style, in which she uses pathos rather than passion to express herself and create work that contains a quiet quality while being powerful and profound at the same time. 

Joining Ishiuchi for this lecture will be renowned poet and author Itō Hiromi, whose work is well known for describing women's sexuality, pregnancy, and feminine erotic desire in dramatically direct language. In 1995, Itō collaborated with Ishiuchi in Te, Ashi, Niku, Karada: Hiromi 1955, a collection of photographs taken by Ishiuchi of Itō's hands, feet, skin, and body, and accompanying poetry written by Itō. The two former collaborators will discuss Ishiuchi's approach and the relationship she has with her subjects, as well as what impressions her approach made on Itō, who recalls "I was being watched. I was being turned into a still life. And then, I was resurrected. I was being told that I should live my life as I pleased."