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October 2016

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B orn in Manchuria and educated in Japan, Koichiro Kurita has made his home the United States since the 1990s. As a young man, he worked in an adver- tising agency in Tokyo. In the 1980s, Kurita read Henry David Thoreau's (1817–1862) Walden, a reflection of living simply in nature, and was so inspired that he abandoned commercial photography to create images that express his connection with nature. When Kurita's deep engagement with nature began, he also became interested in using historic photographic processes (such as the pinhole camera and albumen prints) to explore the simple beauty of the natural world and the mysteries of our existence within it. The aesthetic of Kurita's photographs is very Japanese, emphasizing asymmetrical, open compositions, isolated elements within the landscape, and contrasting positive and negative space. His work combines the centuries-old aesthetic of Japanese landscape painting with a sensitive photographic eye. Combining Japanese Landscape Painting with a Photographic E e Koichiro Kurita, Ichi, Catskill, NY, 2006. Platinum palladium print, 23 x 34" (58 x 86 cm). SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 29 L O O K I N G & L E A R N I N G KOICHIRO KURITA P H O T O G R A P H E R

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