Artist

Before the digital camera was invented, it seemed impossible to take good photos by hand. I had to use a tripod and carefully focus on one exposure at a time. Working in the dark, I relied solely on my instincts and took multiple shots without knowing how the final image would turn out. That mix of expectation and anxiety was, to me, the real pleasure of photography.

A digital camera won’t give you the joy of waiting. It also won’t disappoint or frustrate you with a blank exposure. I believe, however, that the anxious wait for an image to gradually emerge in the developer is a very precious moment in the sequence of actions that make up photo-taking.

It is my rule to use film in sakura [cherry blossoms] photography. I’ve photographed sakura for nearly thirty years, at dawn or sunset, always in pursuit of that momentary tension between the darkness of the night sky and the bright flowers, but it’s a real challenge. The sakura show different faces every year, and sometimes I wonder how many more chances I’ll get to chase them. The coming of spring always makes me restless.

www.toshioenomotostudio.com

TOSHIO ENOMOTO
A member of Japan Professional Photographers Society
A councilor of Tokyo Zokei University (2000–2015)

1947: Born in Tokyo
1970: BA Photography, Tokyo Zokei University*
* Enomoto learned photography from Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Shomei Tomatsu, Ikko Narahara and Yutaka Takanashi.

SOLO SHOW
2016: Platinum Print Exhibition KAMAKURA DRAWING GALLERY, Kamakura
2015: SAKURA, Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen, Amsterdam
2012: KAGIROHI, MICHEKOGALERIE, Munich
2010: KAGIROHI, Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen, Amsterdam
2009: Arlequin, Nikon Salon, Tokyo
2008: Ephemeralmemories, gallerybauhaus, Tokyo
2001: Flowering, KITAKAMAKURA YTSU GALLERT, Kamakura
1983: Tayu, Kyoto craft center, Kyoto
1974: Far East, Nikon Salon, Tokyo
1972: Day by Day, Nikon Salon,Tokyo

GROUP SHOW
2012: SAKURA by German and Japanese photographer MICHEKOGALERIE, Munich
2010: Summer Loves, Huis Marseille, Amsterdam

PHOTO BOOKS
FAR EAST, Total planning publication, 1993
KAGIROHI, (SAKURA, KYO, TAYU) HEIBONSHA, 2009
SAKURA, Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen, 2015
PERMANENT COLLECTION, Huis Marseille, Amsterdam