I have met an interesting artist and all around great guy in Shibata City. YOSHIHARA YUKIHIRO, is a media artist who has now taken on the massive task of bringing order to the archive of images which his family has accmlulated over the years. This doesn’t sound like anything exrtrordinary to the average person like you or me who have a shoebox or two filled with snapshots or maybe a few hundred slides. But Yuki is the 6th generation photographer in a family-run photo sutdio that has been in operation since 1870. Thats right, heaps of wet plates, albumin prints and an archive that documents the rural life in a medium sized Japanese town spanning almost 150 years.
Unfortunately (or fortunately) I am not working digital while I am here, so I can’t show you the portrait I made of him, but this is one he made of me.
Thanks Yuki, for the glance into your family’s history and I will take you up on your offer of coming back again in 2 weeks…..
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