A selection of images from the exhibition are available here
For this exhibition, Studio Equis collaborated with the Michael Dawson Gallery in Los Angeles to present the work of Hiromi Tsuchida through three of his major projects: Zokushin (1969-1975), Counting Grains of Sand (1975-1989), and New Counting Grains of Sand (1990-2004). For Zokushin, his first publication and perhaps his best known work, Tsuchida traveled through rural areas across Japan to photograph people in their daily lives. He used the term Zokushin, which translates as “Gods of the Earth,” to refer to people who live simply, spontaneously, little concerned with what others think or how they themselves look or dress – the “ordinary” people of Japan. The series explores their relationship with traditional festivals, rituals, and particularly with spirituality and religion.
Tsuchida further developed his study of the Japanese people with his series, Counting Grains of Sand, which explores how the Japanese people interact and function in a crowd, with each person a “grain of sand.” Tsuchida decided to stop working on the series in 1989, when the “the crowd to end all crowds” came together to mourn the death of Emperor Hirohito. However, during the 1990s he began to work on the series again, under the title, New Counting Grains of Sand, as he was struck by the shifting dynamic of the crowd in today’s Japan. Crowds are no longer seas of people but have become networks of small groups, maintaining a certain distance from each other. For this series, Tsuchida’s work changed from smaller black and white photographs to large-scale colour photographs.
Tsuchida’s work has been featured in exhibitions around the world including Japan: A Self-Portrait at the International Center of Photography in New York (1979), Photography Now at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London (1989) and Japon 1945-1975: Un Renouveau Photographique at the Patrimoine Photographique, Hôtel de Sully in Paris (2003). Tsuchida lives and works in Tokyo.
The exhibition was held at the Michael Dawson Gallery in Los Angeles from 25 January to 29 March 2008.
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