Preview: Jack Foley
HOKUSAI'S 36 Views of Mount Fuji showed the daily life
of 19th Century Japan against the backdrop of a potent national
Chris Steele-Perkins' photographs re-interpret this juxtaposition
for a new century: the mountain timeless and unchanging, the life
in the foreground unrecognisably different.
Exhibition toured by mac and Magnum Photos.
The photographs which have resulted can be viewed at the National
Theatre until September 13 and provide a compelling insight into
Mt Fuji, and the way in which the world around it has changed.
Here are some reviews of Perkins' work.
at once a social commentary, a homage to Hokusai and an
ironic essay on modernity.....this mixture creates the attractively
tart flavour of the collection - sweet and sour blended with a
light skill that prevents it being bitter - Japan Times
the strange and wonderful thing about Steele-Perkins
Fuji is how elusive the mountain is in his photographs even as
it is a constant....while Fuji is nominally about a mountain it
is actually as much about the human enterprise that surrounds
Mt Fuji...people are everywhere in Fuji as Steele-Perkins intended
- British Journal of Photography
Rather than recreating classic Hokusai scenes, he has captured
todays classic scenes; football, theme-parks and heavy industry.
If Houksai were to pick up a camera today this is the body of
work he may produce. - Foto8
he offers a fresh and surprising view of this iconic mountain
and a meditation on modern Japan and Japanese Life. -
Steele-Perkins photographs have an exquisite balance
that suggests a deliberate - almost painterly approach
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