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Osamu Kanemura

Black and white portraits of city landscapes – capturing these images is the signature style of renowned photographer Osamu Kanemura. Born in 1964 in Tokyo, Kanemura has presented his wonderful imageries in art galleries all over the globe.

In 1996, his portraits were exhibited in the “New Photography 12” display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2004, he participated in the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d’Arles. Two years later, he was Japan’s representative for the Venice Architecture Biennale. Several of his works are housed at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, and National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo.

Kanemura has published many photo compendiums, the most famous of which is “Spider’s Strategy.” The book features street photography, which has been the fad in the latter part of the 20th century. Unlike usual works, “Spider’s Strategy” focuses on Tokyo’s urban network – from narrow streets, magnificent facades, to voluminous windows. These everyday materials have been given a whole new life by Kanemura.

In 1997, he was recognized by the Japan Photographic Society with the “New Photographer Award.” Three years later, he was given the Ken Domon Prize for his contributions to the world of modern photography.



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