大竹省二 「カラー写真が夢見た時代 COLOR DREAMS」

COLOR DREAMS: Back then when Color Photographs Dreamed

*トップ画像:佐久間良子 (Photographer: Shoji Otake, ©Ayumi Otake)
*Top image:Ryoko Sakuma (Photographer: Shoji Otake, ©Ayumi Otake)


鰐淵晴子 (Photographer: Shoji Otake, ©Ayumi Otake)
Haruko Wanibuchi (Photographer: Shoji Otake, ©Ayumi Otake)


「はじめてカラーの発色を見たあの瞬間の感激は今もって忘れることができない。」 

大竹省二


戦後の日本写真史において大きな足跡を残した大竹省二は、東京が焼け野原と化した戦後間もなく、GHQ(連合国軍総司令部)広報部の嘱託カメラマンとしてキャリアの第一歩を歩みはじめます。当時、あらゆる物資の入手が困難だった中、カメラやフィルム、ことにカラーフィルムをも自由に使うことができる幸運に恵まれた大竹は、カラー写真の鮮烈さに大いなる可能性を見出し、その本質をいち早く追究した写真家でした。カラー写真は写真家・大竹省二にとって新しい時代の到来に大きな夢と希望を託すことのできる象徴だったと言っても過言ではないでしょう。 

戦後を脱し、高度経済成長へと向かう1960年代の日本に寄り添うように、大竹省二はさまざまなグラフ雑誌、広告メディアを舞台に華々しいキャリアを築いていきます。特に大竹の名をとどろかせた女性のポートレートは、彼の代名詞にもなりました。大竹にとどまらず当時の多くの写真家たちの活躍の背景で見逃すことができないのは、日本の写真関連メーカーによる目覚ましい技術発展です。 

日本でいち早くカラーフィルムの開発に取り組んだ当社は、すでに第一線で活躍し米国のカラーフィルムにも熟知していた大竹に、製品開発の初期の段階から協力を仰ぎました。また、富士フォトサロン(現・富士フイルムフォトサロン)において、1960年に「大竹省二カラー近作展」、1967年に「フジカラーによる大竹省二写真展《COLOR LADIES》」とカラーをテーマにした展覧会も開催しています。大竹の厳しい眼が、国産カラーフィルム開発に少なからぬ影響を与えていたことも想像できます。 

本展、 大竹省二 「カラー写真が夢見た時代 COLOR DREAMS」 では、没後6年を経て、大竹省二事務所のアーカイブ構築作業の中から再発見された富士フォトサロンで展示された作品をはじめ、雑誌の表紙やグラビア等に発表された1960年代のカラー写真など、最新の技術で再現したプリント約30点を展示します。大竹省二の日本のカラー写真史における業績に迫るとともに、モノクロが主流だった時代に色彩あふれるファッショナブルなカラー写真が、いかにきたるべき豊かな暮らしへの夢と希望を抱かせてくれる存在であったかを感じていただける写真展です。 


作家プロフィール Artist Profile

1922年、静岡県に生まれる。十代の頃から写真に熱中。カメラ雑誌の月例で入選を重ねアマチュアながら知る人ぞ知る存在になる。上海・東亜同文書院に学び、1942年、学徒応召。1945年、東京に復員。1946年、GHQ(連合国軍総司令部)広報部嘱託となる。1950年、INP(米国通信社)東京支局・写真部長、同年、フリーランスに。 

1953年、二科会写真部の創立会員となる。日本を代表する作家、俳優、芸術家などを撮影。特に女性のポートレートやヌードで一世を風靡した。1992年、日本写真協会功労賞受賞。2015年没、享年93。 


展覧会詳細

会 場 :FUJIFILM SQUARE (フジフイルム スクエア)
     〒107-0052東京都港区赤坂9丁目7番3号 東京ミッドタウン・ウエスト
会 期 :2021年7月20日(火)〜10月19日(火)
開館時間:10:00~19:00(入館は18:50まで)
      ※最終日は16時まで。会期中無給。
      ※写真点やイベントは止むを得ず中止・変更させていただく場合がございます。
入場料 : 無料
     ※企業メセナとして実施しており、より多くの方に楽しんでいただくために入館無料しております。
主 催 :
富士フイルム株式会社

協 力 :大竹省二事務所
企 画 :コンタクト


関連イベント

展覧会「写真家・大竹省二」
会 場 :静岡・グランシップ6F展示ギャラリー
     http://www.granship.or.jp 
会 期 :2021年7月28日(水)〜8月22日(日)
主 催 :公益財団法人静岡県文化財団 


FUJIFILM SQUARE
Photo History Museum Photo Exhibition

Shoji Otake “COLOR DREAMS: Back then when Color Photographs Dreamed”


浜美枝 (Photographer: Shoji Otake, ©Ayumi Otake)
Mie Hama – Photographer: Shoji Otake ©Ayumi Otake 


To this day, I haven’t forgotten the excitement I felt the moment I saw a developed color film for the first time.

Shoji Otake


Shoji Otake, has left a major mark on the history of post-war Japanese photography. He started his career as a contract photographer for the public relations department of the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers (SCAP or, in Japan, GHQ) after World War II, when Tokyo was nothing but burnt out ruins. Otake was lucky. Despite goods of every description being in short supply at that time, Otake had free access to cameras and film, even color film. He was fascinated by the vivid colors and sensed color photography’s great potential, which he became one of the first to explore. It is not too much to say that for Otake color photography was a medium that symbolized the beginning of a new era, a medium that he placed his hopes and dreams in.

During the 1960s, Otake went on to build a brilliant career as a photographer by providing photographs for various illustrated magazines and advertisements, reflecting Japan on its way to a period of high economic growth. Especially his portraits of women made him famous, so much so that his name became synonymous with female portraits. The remarkable technological progress made by camera and film manufacturers in Japan was another essential factor behind the achievements of Otake and many other photographers at that time.

Fujifilm was one of the first companies to develop color films in Japan and collaborated from the earliest stages of product development with Otake, who at that time already was familiar with American color films and worked at the vanguard of color photography. Fujifilm also hosted exhibitions of Otake’s color works such as “Recent Color Photographs by Shoji Otake” in 1960 and “COLOR LADIES: A FUJICOLOR Exhibition of Photographs by Shoji Otake” in 1967 at what today is the FUJIFILM Photo Salon. It is safe to say that Otake’s uncompromising eye has contributed considerably to the development of color films in Japan.

This exhibition will show 30 color works that have been carefully reproduced using state-of-the-art technology. It will include color photographs Otake took for magazine covers and gravure magazines from the 1960s, and works that have been exhibited at FUJIFILM Photo Salon in the past and have been rediscovered in the process of archiving his oeuvre following his death six years ago. This exhibition will present a close look at Otake’s achievements within the context of the history of Japanese color photography. It allows us a glimpse at how vivid and fashionable color photographs, during a time dominated by monochrome photographs, are expressive of hopes and dreams of a prosperous future to come.


Artist Profile

Born in Shizuoka Prefecture in 1922, Otake Shoji devoted himself to photography since his days as a teenager. Though starting out as an amateur, he soon made himself known to the broader photographic community of Japan by repeatedly winning monthly competitions hosted by camera magazines. He studied at The Tongwen Guan, the School of Combined Learning in Shanghai, until he was drafted in 1942. Otake returned to Tokyo in 1945. He became a contract photographer for the public relations department of the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers (SCAP or, in Japan, GHQ) in 1946. In 1950, he was made the Head of the Photography Department of the U.S.-based news agency International News Service’s (INS) Tokyo branch office and started working as a freelance photographer later that year.

In 1953, he was one of the founding member of the Nikakai Association of Photographers. He photographed many of Japan’s leading authors, actors and artists. He was especially lauded for his portraits and nude photographs of women. In 1992, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Photographic Society of Japan. Shoji Otake died in 2015 at the age of 93.


Details 

Venue:
FUJIFILM SQUARE
9 Chome-7-3 Akasaka, Minato City, Tokyo 107-0052

Period:
July 20, 2021 – October 19, 2021

10:00-19:00 (last admission: 18:30)
*10:00 – 16:00 on the final day of the exhibition
* Exhibitions and events may be subject to cancellation or change by force of circumstances. Please check our website or via phone before visiting.

Admission: free
*This exhibition is being held as a corporate MECENAT activity. Admission is free to allow everyone to enjoy this exhibition.

Organization:
FUJIFILM Corporation

Cooperation:
Shoji Otake’s Office

Planning and Production:
Contact Co. Ltd.


Events during the Exhibition

Exhibition “Photographer Shoji Otake”

Venue:
Shizuoka Granship Gallery, 6th floor
URL: http://www.granship.or.jp

Period:
July 28, 2021 – August 22, 2021
10:00-19:00 (last admission: 18:30)
*10:00 – 16:00 on the final day of the exhibition
* Exhibitions and events may be subject to cancellation or change by force of circumstances. Please check our website or via phone before visiting.

Organizer:
Shizuoka Cultural Foundation


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