Okawa Village, Kochi Prefecture, 2007
Color coupler print
Courtesy of the artist
On view April 20, 2013 to December 31, 2013
Located in the: Photography, Hilborn Gallery
One of Japan's preeminent landscape photographers, Toshio Shibata is known for exploring the delicate balance between human-made structures and nature. Photographing erosion control barriers, water catchments, roads, dams and bridges, he examines the unique appearance of such structures in his native land. Through his lens, riverbeds can look like origami, and waterfalls resemble kimono.
This exhibition of 28 large-format works will be the artist's first solo show in an American museum since 1995 and the first time his color pictures will be shown in America.
Shibata was recently featured in a two-person show at the National Arts Center, Tokyo, and in a solo retrospective at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum.
Made possible by the East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum.