Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery
Emi Anrakuji, Ken Ohara, Yojiro Imasaka
Our presentation will shed new light on the work of Japanese-American photographer Ken Ohara (1942-), whose innovative portraits bolster the idea of photography as an enduring vehicle of social communication. Since the early 1970s, Ohara has produced notable conceptual work in which he presents a volume of images in a variety of discrete formats. While working as a studio assistant of Richard Avedon in 1970, he published the enigmatic book "ONE," featuring extreme close-ups of more than 500 anonymous faces without caption/page number. His "365," a yearlong photo diary of 365 vertical diptychs, pairs one image representative of each day with a daily self-portrait to accompany it. In 1972 Ohara produced "24 hours," a strip of self-portraits taken every minute over the course of 24 hours. Our booth will bring together samples from these radical works as well as a selection of his more recent works, many of which will be presented here for the first time.