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LA Rope at Threshold: How to Take Great Kinbaku Photos

February 4, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

This class explores the question “What makes a good rope picture?”

There are almost as many approaches to kinbaku photography as there are to rope itself.  To better understand the context of rope photography we will first examine the work of several well known Japanese photographers, discussing what makes each create powerful and dynamic images.  Following that we will briefly discuss basics of lighting, space, and camera settings.

We will finish the class by setting up lighting and creating several opportunities to shoot images applying the principles discussed earlier.

About the Instructor

Zetsu has been studying Kinbaku Photography since 2009.  He frequently travels to Tokyo where he has attended multiple satsueikai (photo workshops) with master photographer Norio Sugiura as well as with his sensei, Yukimura Haruki.  In 2013, his photography of Master K’s ropework was exhibited at Shinjukuza in Tokyo with the title “Kinbaku: Form and Emotion” and his photography was featured in Master K’s second edition of The Beauty of Kinbaku.  His photography has been accepted for exhibition in art shows in Los Angeles, Seattle, Miami, and Tokyo.  An avid collector of kinbaku books and magazines, he also studies the evolution of kinbaku photography as an art in its own right, both in the context of early forms of representation (for example, the seme-e works of Itoh Seiu, photography of the 1950s in Japan, and the art of Yoji Muku, Juan Maeda, and Toshio Saeki) and in its modern evolution in print, digital images, and video.


February 4, 2016
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Threshold Clubhouse
11300 Hartland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 91605 United States
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