In the most recent years of the post-Internet era, there has been increasing interconnectivity between the virtual and the real. In photography, this has coincided with the advancement of digital camera and printing technology. As a result, photography is about to enter a radically new transitional period. Digital photography generates images by converting light into data, unlike analogue photography, which fixes the light on a film via physical substances. The concepts of ‘original’ and ‘critical moments’ have been gradually replaced by a sense of replication, synthesis, re-editing and re-composing, sorting and sharing by tags and keywords…. infinite intervention in the images.
When photographs are shared and data edited with unprecedented scale and freedom, how can an image actually be created? How are we experiencing it and feeding it back into the surrounding environment? One of the most important challenges for contemporary photographers is to review the possibilities of the ‘new freedom’ that photography has acquired. In his first solo show in London, Koyama tries to explore the potential of photographic media through ‘indeterminacy’ and the replication of images.
The exhibition is supported by the Arts Council Tokyo and Sony Europe.
Private View: 14 April 2016, 6-8pm
Special Opening : 21 May 2016, 10am–5pm
Artist Talk: 20 May 2016, 2pm
The artist will be joined by Gemma Padley, freelance photography journalist and editor, and Projects Editor at British Journal of Photography.