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Japan born 1933

Man and woman, number 20. From the series Man and Woman. [Man and woman # 20. (from the series Man and woman).] 1960 Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph

Dimensions: printed image 14.1 h x 14.6 w cm sheet 38.2 h x 33.7 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1980
Accession No: NGA 80.684
  • In Hosoe’s work the human body becomes arresting and unfamiliar. This was his first collaboration with Tatsumi Hijikata, founder of the Ankoku Butoh (Dance of darkness) dance movement. After watching a performance by Hijikata’s troupe, Hosoe immediately arranged for them to work together. The critic Tatsuo Fukishima described the process of Hosoe making these pictures in his studio: ‘what I saw … was the photographer’s own version of pandemonium – light and darkness, shrill cries of life, darkness revealed by light and endless confusion lurking in the shadows’. The body is at once alien and intimate.

    Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra