is an instrument
that teaches people
how to see
without a camera."
"They carried the joys and sorrows of those living with the sea ... I immersed myself in their world." – Iwase Yoshiyuki
In 1904, Yoshiyuki Iwase was born in Onjuku, a fishing village in the
Chiba prefecture. He studied law in Meiji University in Tokyo. He was
the heir to his family’s sake distillery and he found his inspiration as
he documented the traditional life of the people living on the pacific
side of Chiba peninsula.
The young Iwase received a Kodak camera
as a gift and he found his passion for primitive beauty of ama, girls
and women who dove for and harvested abalone, seaweeds, and turban
shells when the tides were favorable and the temperature was bearable.
The ama became his muse and passion and Iwase’s amazing photographs
remain as the final and most comprehensive visual proofs and records of
the life of the ama divers.
Harvesting Seaweed, 1956 (Winner of the Prime Minister Prize Japan Photo Exposition, 1957)
As his love for photography escalated, his armaments and collection
expanded, too. It included a bellows camera, a Rollei, a Sohoflex, and a
Super Six. He photographed fishermen and native village people. He had a
series of exceptional modernist nudes and he also documented traditional culture in post-war Japan.
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