Miharu Fukushima-ken
artist(s):
KEIICHI ITO
title:
Miharu Fukushima-ken
medium:
platinum palladium print on washi paper
date created:
2013 — date printed: 2013
dimensions:
height 188mm x width 235mm — height 7.40inch x width 9.25inch
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Aizu Fukushima-ken
artist(s):
KEIICHI ITO
title:
Aizu Fukushima-ken
medium:
platinum palladium print on washi paper
date created:
2012 — date printed: 2013
dimensions:
height 187mm x width 235mm — height 7.36inch x width 9.25inch
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Miharu Fukushima-ken 2
stock nr:
1244
artist(s):
KEIICHI ITO
title:
Miharu Fukushima-ken 2
medium:
platinum palladium print on washi paper
date created:
2012 — date printed: 2013
dimensions:
height 188mm x width 235mm — height 7.40inch x width 9.25inch
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Okitama Yamagata-ken 2
stock nr:
1247
artist(s):
KEIICHI ITO
title:
Okitama Yamagata-ken 2
medium:
platinum palladium print on washi paper
date created:
2012 — date printed: 2013
dimensions:
height 188mm x width 235mm — height 7.40inch x width 9.25inch
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Mukawa Yamanashi-ken
artist(s):
KEIICHI ITO
title:
Mukawa Yamanashi-ken
medium:
platinum palladium print on washi paper
date created:
2012 — date printed: 2013
dimensions:
height 188mm x width 235mm — height 7.40inch x width 9.25inch
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Okitama Yamagata-ken
stock nr:
1246
artist(s):
KEIICHI ITO
title:
Okitama Yamagata-ken
medium:
platinum palladium print on washi paper
date created:
2012 — date printed: 2013
dimensions:
height 188mm x width 235mm — height 7.40inch x width 9.25inch
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biography

The works of Keiichi Ito (Tokyo,1950) represent a sense of will and eternity. According to Ito ‘an existence of sense of will has a strong connection with people who also hold life. Its eternity is a breath of hope that would become a vitality for tomorrow.’

Ito’s subjects are nature and artifacts that passed through time. Artifacts  are the opposite of nature but through the sharing and passing of time with people, he feels the sense of will and its eternity in them.

Ito prints his photographs on washi, a traditional sort of paper made from the fibres of the gampi tree. He purchases the paper in the city of Echizen, where it is handmade by artisans with techniques that have been passed on from one generation to the next for 1500 years. Because the paper is not suitable as photo paper, Ito treats it with a special emulsion. His prints are either platinum palladium prints or toned gelatin sliver prints.

The prints of the series Tanemaki Sakura (2013) exhibited at IBASHO are all platinum palladium prints. This series is a tribute to the century old cherry trees - ‘sakura’ in Japanese - that have a protected status and are attributed with special stories. 

Ito places his subjects in the centre, he sometimes tilts the image and  plays with shadow and light. He also uses longer exposure times to capture the passing of time resulting in deliberate partly blurry photographs.

This series was exhibited at the International Photo Festival BredaPhoto in 2014.

(Sources: artist’s statement and ‘Songs from the Heart’, catalogue of BredaPhoto 2014)

selected exhibitions