I Love Photography: June 2013 Reaching far across the ocean to our friends in Japan, it is time to feature new work by Yoichi Nagata and Celine Wu. A


I Love Photography: June 2013


Reaching far across the ocean to our friends in Japan, it is time to feature new work by Yoichi Nagata and Celine Wu. Although they reside under one roof with their daughter Sera, their works are completely different. Yoichi works in color and Celine in black and white.

Yoichi has been working on a series of portraits for almost a decade and has shot well over 600 portraits from the series, Star of the Stars, who the artist says are just "regular" people (dare I say, normal) that gather during the late night hours in the Tokyo clubs exhibiting their daring and outlandish dress, costumes and makeup, which is a far cry from how they dress during the day at their 'day jobs'. These "clubgoers" as they are known to be, happily pose for their portrait and offer high compliments to their fellow clubgoers regarding their dress and makeup.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Celine's work from the series, Presence In Between, exposes subtle shadows that are printed on Japanese “washi” paper which is hand made by the 9th generation Living National Treasure, Master Ichibei Iwano, to enhance the naturalness and beauty of the images.
In addition to the work being presented in the traditional manner on paper, she also presents her work printed on scrolls.

ADYEE 2012


ice2 2011

Ice 2

MiMI 2011


narico 2011



As presented in scroll format


PB 10 (Presence in Between)

wu celine pb-47 presenceinbetween 2012

PB 47 (Presence in Between)

wu celine pb-51 presenceinbetween 2011

PB 51 (Presence in Between)

wu celine pb-56 presenceinbetween 2012

PB 56 (Presence in Between)


Without a doubt, Japan's most well known and master photographer is Eikoh Hosoe, whom I met when I visited his studio in 1979 in preparation for Mr. Hosoe's 20 year retrospective, Eikoh Hosoe: Photographs 1960-1980, at the Susan Spiritus Gallery. During that visit I purchased a collection of 100 photographs which included works from Ordeal By Roses, Embrace, Kamatachi, Man & Woman, Gaudi Ceilings, Simon, A Private Landscape, and selections from Workshops. A small selection remain available for sale and are presented here and on the Susan Spiritus Gallery website.


Ordeal by Roses, 1963


Gaudi Ceilings, 1977 (I)


Gaudi Ceilings, 1977 (II)


Kamatachi, 1969


Twinka Under the Tree Shadow, Yosemite, 1974


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About the Susan Spiritus Gallery

The Susan Spiritus Gallery has been a leader in the field of fine art photography since 1976 handling the work of photographic luminaries, (Ansel Adams, Andre Kertesz, George Tice) popular contemporary artists, (Camille Seaman, Cara Barer, Fran Forman) and emerging talent (Deborah Parkin, Mitchell Hartman and Ellen Jantzen).

Known for its personalized service, the Southern California based gallery works with individuals, design professionals and corporations to address their specific needs. Whether a first time buyer or a prolific collector, the gallery has something for everyone. Art ranges in price, style and type including platinum, silver, hand-colored and digital. Commissions are also welcome.

Custom framing can be arranged. Artwork can be shipped anywhere in the world. For more information, please email susan@susanspiritusgallery.com or call 714.754.1286
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