b. 1943 Japan
Koichiro Kurita’s enticing photographic works invite the viewer into a meditative dialogue between nature and self.
“I had a fateful encounter with Thoreau’s Walden and was moved by its absolute freedom of the spirit and ability to enjoy harmony with nature, unconstrained by society’s rules. It was so close to the Asian way of understanding nature. Deeply inspired, I quit commercial photography and retreated to the mountains to start photographing nature. Each surface in the world of nature has a connecting border to the next surface. Each connection contributes to a harmony of nature as a whole. My work is the expression of these mysterious junctures and an exploration of the connections between myself and nature.” — Koichiro Kurita
Inspired by his study of perceptual psychology whilst at university, Kurita’s Perceiving series utilizes a large format camera as a roving eye, creating sequences of views that are then assembled to form single, multi-paned images. In an earlier series entitled Chi-Sui-Ki, Kurita captures the invisible certainties in nature, such as wind gently rustling through leaves and swirling wild grasses obscuring the topography of a field. Kurita’s photographs are not so much images of place but of phenomena, an intuitive reflection of his awareness.
At age 40, Kurita shifted to fine art photography and began to master early photographic processes. In 1990, an Asian Cultural Council grant resulted in his first solo exhibition in the U.S. His works have been exhibited and collected by major museums including The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Princeton Art Museum; The Fogg Museum at Harvard; George Eastman House; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Yale University Art Gallery; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Maison Europeanne de la Photographie, Paris; Biblioteque Nationale de Paris; and Tokyo Fuji Art Museum.