Issei Suda

Hibi: fragments of daily life

In connection with the large retrospective exhibition in FoMu Antwerp of Issei Suda's works that starts on 7 May, we would like to present works by this very talented, but undervalued, Japanese photographer, who sadly died in 2019.
In a small exhibition that starts on the first day of the Antwep Art Weekend (13 May) until 6 June, visitors can get further acquainted with the very recognisable style in which this street photographer recorded daily life in Japan over a period of nearly 60 years. Suda combined a pure appreciation of Japanese customs with a sharp investigative eye.
In his most famous series of work, 'Fushi Kaden' from 1976, Suda succeeded in capturing the extraordinary that exists within the ordinary. He received high praise for these photographs, that direct our gaze towards another world, and ever since he has continued to publish works that focus on familiar landscapes, commonplace festivals or customs, etc. He is ranked, not only in Japan but also abroad, together with other photographers whose style presents a uniquely Japanese development of the personal viewpoint, some of his work receiving attention for being peculiarly subjective, while simultaneously providing a new outlook on the standard images of Japan or Tokyo from an ethnological viewpoint.
'Hibi: fragments of daily life' contains 27 works in black and white in the front room of IBASHO. In the book shop the visitor can find several photo books by Suda.

Artists: Issei Suda