A few years back, a former professor assigned my seminar class a project: “every fifteen minutes, take a photograph- using black and white film.”
During the Seventh Paris Biennale of 1971, Takuma Nakahira practiced a similar feat, except he shot 100 photographs for seven consecutive days. This series of work, titled “Circulation: Date, Place, Events” is currently on view at New York’s Yossi Milo Gallery. Most of these photographs contain a sense of a need to photograph- perhaps to fulfill the specific quota of the day, or to simply capture every possible moment presenting itself to Nakahira. While the images are mostly specified as “Untitled”, textual elements such as “sortie” and “Paris, 12 Oct 1971” contained within certain photographs, surface as objects that provide a sense of placement. These details enable the viewers to designate a geographic location for the work, but often they are left with the ambiguity of a specific time. Technically, most of the images contain a lack of stability (handheld vs. tripod), and structural constraint. They readily present themselves as snapshots, captured with an instant momentum.
If you are in town, visit the exhibition and transition into a “noir et blanc” Paris presented via Nakahira’s perspective.
“Circulation: Date, Place, Events” May 23rd – July 26th, 2013
Tuesday – Saturday
10 a.m – 6 p.m
Yossi Milo Gallery
245 10th Ave
New York, NY 10001