※Main Image: from the series White Wind, 1981
, ©Shoji Ueda

中国で初めての大規模な回顧展となった、2018年9から北京のThree Shadows(三影堂撮影芸術中心) で開催された「植田正治回顧展」。今年の初め、長沙市のXie Zilong Photography Museum(谢子龙影像艺术中心)に巡回した後、この展覧会はさらに、廈門市のThree Shadows(三影堂厦门摄影艺术中心)へと、中国の旅を続けています。



Shoji Ueda Retrospective Exhibtion

After having been exhibited at Three Shadows in Beijing and the Xie Zilong Photography Museum in Changsha, our Shoji Ueda Retrospective continues its travel through China. We are proud to announce that Three Shadows Photography Art Centre Xiamen will host this comprehensive retrospective exhibition of Shoji Ueda in Xiamen, China, featuring 141 early and late works ranging from his masterful series Sand Dunes to the fashion photographs that helped trigger a reappraisal of his achievements.

Shoji Ueda (1913-2000), well known for his iconic pictures taken around his hometown Tottori, would ultimately leave a major mark on the history of photography in not only his home country but also abroad. And he did it by remaining in his hometown Sanin, pursuing his own artistic ideals and ideas  and never aligning himself with any particular movement, even as realism began to take center stage in main stream Japanese photography. His strain of modernism was so distinct that the “Ueda-cho (Uedastyle)” still generates fresh acclaim to this day.

Influenced by the Western avant-garde during his adolescence, Ueda maintained the passionate, uninhibited spirit of an amateur while he ran his own studio. His intricate compositions – prime examples of staged photography – often featured his family and his close friends in his neighboring sand dunes arranged like chess pieces. The worlds he managed to express within the constraints of commercial and fashion photography remain both surprising and deeply moving, as typified by Mode in Dunes, a project he undertook at the age of 70.



About the Artist

Shoji Ueda was born in 1913 in Tottori Prefecture, Japan and started his career as a photographer by establishing a studio at his hometown in the 1930s. He cemented his reputation within intricately staged photographs in the Tottori sand dunes before tilting toward surrealism during the 1950s and continuing to garner acclaim with photo books like Children the Year Around, published in 1971. 1972, when he first traveled to Europe and published Oto no nai kioku (Memories without Sound), marked a turning point in his international reputation. He was subsequently invited to participate in Les Rencontres d’Arles in 1978 and 1987. His works are highly regarded abroad and he has steadily built a reputation among European collectors and critics in particular. In 1996, he received the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France. Ueda died at 87 in 2000. In 2013, the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum held a large retrospective title “100 Years of Birth! Shoji Ueda.”

GITANES, 1992, ©Ueda Shoji


会 場 :三影堂厦门摄影艺术中心
(Three Shadows Photography Art Centre Xiamen)
No. 301, Building 2, Xinlinwan Business Center, Jimei District, Xiamen
URL: https://www.threeshadows.cn/exhibitions/113/overview/
会 期 :2019年8月31日(土)~ 11月10日(日)
入場料 :一般 60元、ネット予約50元、学生・教師35元
休館日 :毎週月曜日
主 催 :三影堂厦门摄影艺术中心
協 力 :
助 成 :


Shoji Ueda Retrospective Exhibition

Venue: Three Shadows Photography Art Centre Xiamen
No. 301, Building 2, Xinlinwan Business Center, Jimei District, Xiamen
URL: https://www.threeshadows.cn/exhibitions/113/overview/
Period: August 31 – November 25, 2019
Closed on Mondays
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 18:00
Admissions: Adults 60RMB (50RMB in case of online reservation),
Students/Teachers 35RMB
* free for children (age 12 and below) and seniors (age 70 and above)
Organization: Three Shadows Xiamen Photography Art Centre
Co-Organizer: Shoji Ueda Office
Sponsor: The Japan Foundation
Curation: Sato Masako (Contact)
Art Direction: RongRong&Inri

シリーズ「砂丘」より、1983年/ from the series Dunes, 1983, ©Ueda Shoji