Tomoki Imai was born in Hiroshima in 1974. He graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts in 1998. In his works Mahiru- in the middle of the day (2001) and LIGHT AND GRAVITY (2009), Imai photographed everyday landscapes such as street, forests and ordinary rooms. These tranquil works convey Imai’s sincere attitude toward the act of looking. In recent years, Imai’s work has turned towards questions of visibility and invisibility. This concern can be seen in books like Semicircle Law, in which Imai went to the peaks of various mountains within 30 kilometers of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant and pointed his camera directly at the reactor, and A TREE OF NIGHT, in which one page shows a close-up snapshot and the facing page shows a story written in Braille. He has participated in exhibits such as “Meguro Address,” Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo (2012), “PHotoEspaña06-On Recent Photograph,” ICO Collection Museum, Madrid (2006) and “The Ancient Sound of the Image: Contemporary Photography from Japan,” Instituto Nazionale per la Grafica, Rome (2005). He held solo exhibitions at Taka Ishii Gallery in 2004 and 2013.
Text courtesy Taka Ishii Gallery.
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