Mitsuaki Koshizuka, a Tokyo-based fashion, fine art, and commercial photographer for 15 years, will soon see his four-year project on Katagami - a design that flourished in Japan from the 1600s through the late 1800s - realized when a book of his Katagami photographs is published later this year. An art exhibition is also planned for July 16-25 in Tokyo, Japan.
© Mitsuaki Koshizuka
"I first saw Katagami when I visited a museum shop near my house," says Koshizuka. "Out of curiosity, I visited a dying Katagami shop in Tokyo and got to see many of the stunning designs. They touched my spirit. I could hear the voices of their creators asking me to preserve the beauty of their historical art, which might soon be lost."
The Katagami patterns usually appear on kimonos, so Koshizuka projected them onto women's nude bodies to express traditional Japanese art in a new way. "I used actual Katagami patterns to show light and shadows on the female body. My upcoming book, Japanese, my first photography book, will focus on these images and also include Japanese landscapes, light painting, and high fashion.” The 52-page book comes in a box that transforms into a photo frame.
Koshizuka hesitated moving to digital photography because of the digital noise and tone jumps. "What's so wonderful about Hasselblad digital cameras, especially the H4D, is the way they capture texture," he says. "My H4D images have a luxurious, film-like quality. True Focus has had a dramatic effect on my commercial work, and has been invaluable for my Katagami project. The Phocus software, which is much simpler to use than other software I have used, has also helped me with the project, from capture through production. The applications are so well thought out that I can shoot without hesitation."
For more information on Mr. Koshizuka and his Katagami fashion imagery, see his Hasselblad Profile here
For more of his Katagami imagery, as well as his diverse commercial portfolio, visit www.mitsuakikoshizuka.com
For more information on the Hasselblad H4D, True Focus, and Phocus software, click here
Text by Alice B. Miller