"Welcome to the Wandering Photo Gallery"
Commemorative Exhibition
What does it mean to look at a photograph?

Hosted by: Akiko Otake, Toki-no-Wasuremono, iwao gallery
Cooperation: Akasaka-sha
Exhibition Period: September 29, 2023 (Friday) - October 7, 2023 (Saturday) *Closed on Sundays and Mondays
Venue 1: Wandering Memories 11:00-19:00
Venue 2: iwao gallery 12:00-19:00

*Click images to view in original size

Akiko Otake, who began her essay series "Wandering Photo Gallery – Gazing at a Single Photograph" on the blog of Toki-no-Wasuremono in 2013 (currently at 121 installments), is a highly popular blog where she takes a single photograph by active Japanese photographers and writes about what can be felt from it. Now, this serialized essay has been turned into a book by Akasaka-sha. To commemorate its publication, a selection of the works will be exhibited at two venues: Toki-no-Wasuremono and iwao gallery (Kuramae), and the book will be available for pre-sale.
At Toki-no-Wasuremono, you can see works by 13 photographers.

Toki-no-Wasuremono Exhibiting Artists (13): Hiroh Kikai, Masako Oguri, Hitoshi Fugo, Kenro Izu, Keizo Motoda, Yuji Obata, Kazuyuki Kawaguchi, Hajime Sawatari, Yoshimi Ikemoto, Takehiko Nakafuji, Toshiya Murakoshi, Shuhei Motoyama, Kou Inose

iwao gallery Exhibiting Artists (9): Koji Onaka, Tokihiro Sato, Hiromi Tsuchida, Asako Narahashi, Tamiko Nishimura, Hanayo, Yasuhiko Miyashima, Daido Moriyama, Tsutomu Yamagata

To celebrate the publication of "Welcome to the Wandering Photo Gallery," 22 selected works will be exhibited at two venues. The book contains both photographs and imaginative texts inspired by them, and at the exhibition, you can see the original prints that served as their starting points. The choice of print size and framing has been left to the discretion of each photographer, deliberately creating a diverse and lively atmosphere. We hope you enjoy a free and open dialogue with the photographs, either with the book in hand or through your own perspective.
[Akiko Otake]

■Akiko Otake
Born in Tokyo in 1950. Writer. In the early 1980s, she stayed in New York and began her writing career. She has been praised for writing portraits of representitive post-war photographers in "Me no karyudo (Hunter of an eye)" (Shinchosha, Chikumashobo). She effortlessly crosses various genres, including novels, essays, readings, critiques, and reports, attracting many with her wordplay. In 2019, she launched the book label "Katarikoko", publishing two or three books a year on the themes of art, photography, and words. She also conducts "Workshops for Seeing Photographs in Depth" in various locations, spreading the joy of freely viewing photographs.
Some of her notable works include "Itsumo dareka ga miteiru(Always Someone Watching)", "Madori to mousou(Layouts and Fantasies)", "Tokyo outotsu sanpo(Tokyo's Uneven Stroll)" (all published by Aki Shobo), "Zuiji kengakuka(Visitable at Any Time)" (Misuzu Shobo), "Zukan shounen(Illustrated Boys)" (Shogakukan), "Kono shashin ga sugoi 2008(This Photo is Amazing 2008 )" (Asahi Press), "Kojinbijutsukan eno tabi(Journey to Private Art Museums)" (Bunshun Shinsho), "Tabi dewa nazeka yoku nemuri(For Some Reason, I Sleep Well on My Travels)" (Shinchosha), and “Suga Atsuko no Milan(Atsuko Suga's Milan)” (Kawade Shobo Shinsha), and more.

Exhibition View