Anla 1
stock nr:
1249
artist(s):
TAICHI GONDAIRA
title:
Anla 1
medium:
platinum palladium print on gampi tissue paper
date created:
2013 — date printed: 2014
dimensions:
height 250mm x width 200mm — height 9.84inch x width 7.87inch
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Anla 2
stock nr:
1259
artist(s):
TAICHI GONDAIRA
title:
Anla 2
medium:
platinum palladium print on gampi tissue paper
date created:
2013 — date printed: 2014
dimensions:
height 248mm x width 196mm — height 9.76inch x width 7.72inch
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Drape
stock nr:
1257
artist(s):
TAICHI GONDAIRA
title:
Drape
medium:
platinum palladium print on gampi tissue paper
date created:
2010 — date printed: 2014
dimensions:
height 247mm x width 111mm — height 9.72inch x width 4.37inch
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Daydream
stock nr:
1258
artist(s):
TAICHI GONDAIRA
title:
Daydream
medium:
platinum palladium print on gampi tissue paper
date created:
2014 — date printed: 2014
dimensions:
height 104mm x width 222mm — height 4.09inch x width 8.74inch
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Geisha Girl
stock nr:
1256
artist(s):
TAICHI GONDAIRA
title:
Geisha Girl
medium:
platinum palladium print on gampi tissue paper
date created:
2012 — date printed: 2013
dimensions:
height 237mm x width 95mm — height 9.33inch x width 3.74inch
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Melancholia
stock nr:
1250
artist(s):
TAICHI GONDAIRA
title:
Melancholia
medium:
platinum palladium print on gampi tissue paper
date created:
2014 — date printed: 2014
dimensions:
height 245mm x width 196mm — height 9.65inch x width 7.72inch
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Oilan 1
stock nr:
1251
artist(s):
TAICHI GONDAIRA
title:
Oilan 1
medium:
platinum palladium print on gampi tissue paper
date created:
2013 — date printed: 2013
dimensions:
height 199mm x width 243mm — height 7.83inch x width 9.57inch
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Reincarnation
stock nr:
1260
artist(s):
TAICHI GONDAIRA
title:
Reincarnation
medium:
platinum palladium print on gampi tissue paper
date created:
2010 — date printed: 2014
dimensions:
height 245mm x width 123mm — height 9.65inch x width 4.84inch
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Ophelia
stock nr:
1254
artist(s):
TAICHI GONDAIRA
title:
Ophelia
medium:
platinum palladium print on gampi tissue paper
date created:
2013 — date printed: 2014
dimensions:
height 187mm x width 245mm — height 7.36inch x width 9.65inch
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Rush
stock nr:
1255
artist(s):
TAICHI GONDAIRA
title:
Rush
medium:
platinum palladium print on gampi tissue paper
date created:
2012 — date printed: 2014
dimensions:
height 195mm x width 195mm — height 7.68inch x width 7.68inch
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Secretive Time
stock nr:
1252
artist(s):
TAICHI GONDAIRA
title:
Secretive Time
medium:
platinum palladium print on gampi tissue paper
date created:
2014 — date printed: 2014
dimensions:
height 201mm x width 321mm — height 7.91inch x width 12.64inch
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Spring in Japan
stock nr:
1253
artist(s):
TAICHI GONDAIRA
title:
Spring in Japan
medium:
platinum palladium print on gampi tissue paper
date created:
2014 — date printed: 2014
dimensions:
height 155mm x width 247mm — height 6.10inch x width 9.72inch
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Lightning
stock nr:
1248
artist(s):
TAICHI GONDAIRA
title:
Lightning
medium:
platinum palladium print on gampi tissue paper
date created:
2012 — date printed: 2012
dimensions:
height 186mm x width 248mm — height 7.32inch x width 9.76inch
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biography

Little is left of traditional Japanese culture according to Taichi Gondaira (Japan,1956). In his view, modern Japan has westernised. ‘Traditional cultures have nearly been forgotten. Not only is the Japanese lifestyle in danger, but the traditional spirit is also becoming lost.’ 

The Wasoreijin, sophisticated women wearing brilliant kimono’s, have almost disappeared from the streets. Gondaira wants to capture this specific part of Japanese culture. He photographs women and sometimes children in their traditional harido, the way they wear their kimono. It is the height of the classical Japanese beauty ideal as depicted in the traditional ‘Ukiyo-e’, the centuries-long tradition of woodblock prints made by masters such as Hokusai, Hiroshige and Kuniyoshi.

Gondaira’s prints are as pure as possible. He deploys platinum plates and prints his photos on the vulnerable washi paper.

Gondaira's work mounted on traditional scrolls was exhibited at the International Photo Festival BredaPhoto in 2014.

(Source: ‘Songs from the Heart’, catalogue of BredaPhoto 2014)

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