Yan Kallen - Between the Light and Darkness

In his solo-exhibition 'In Between the Light and Darkness', Hong Kong photographer Yan Kallen pays tribute to the passion and processes of the craftsmen and artisans in Kyoto. Living amongst the artisans and photographing their working methods and tools for six months Yan realised that the craftsmen's labour "is not simply a matter of livelihood, or continuation of traditions. Their artisanal culture represented a way of life, an attitude for living in this world, driven by the passion for the crafts, and to be making and to live with these artefacts." Yan prints his images on handmade Washi paper with deckled edges, giving them a sense of timelessness as well as furthering the feeling of respect towards the physicality of the artisanal crafts.