Embrace and Ordeal by Roses.

Photographs by Eikoh Hosoe.
Gallery White Room, Tokyo, 2009. 110 pp., Numerous illustrations, 8¼x11¾".



Publisher's Description
Eikoh Hosoe’s unique photographic aesthetics have won high praise internationally for half a century long. The series “Embrace” (1971) has been regarded as a work which succeeded in extracting the essence of life and sophisticatedly abstracting human bodies. The series “Ordeal by Roses” (1963) featured the novelist, Yukio Mishima, as the subject, and it became one of Hosoe’s best known works as well as one of the most important works within the Japan’s post-war history of photography.

From the series “Embrace”, large-sized archival pigment prints are shown at the exhibition. These are the first ever limited edition work by Eikoh Hosoe. From the series “Ordeal by Roses”, platinum palladium prints are exhibited in the VIEWING & VIP ROOM. This exhibition reflects the photographer’s concept of values which had to be changed due to the recent changes in the photographic technologies and it has become a significant turning point for Eikoh Hosoe.

A limited number of 1000 copies of the original catalogue will be published, with the serial number and the photographer's autograph for each.

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