After studying Photography in the Bigakko School of Arts, Yoichiro Nishimura expressed an interest in taking photographs of his surroundings and with the influence of the two admired Japanese photographers Takuma Nakahira and Daido Moriyama, it has since then, become the focal point of his lenses.
In his “Life” series, artist Yoichiro Nishimura has done years of experiment, capturing the beauty of his own ‘Ikebana’: the Japanese art of flower arrangement. The format which the artist employs expresses the flowers’ elegance, one of the two translations in Japanese Kanji characters for the word flower (華). On a dark setting, the flowers are photographed under natural light using a Hasselblad camera, a snapshot where his emotions and values resonate describing the balance between life and death, light and dark, and the Chinese principle of yin and yang. For Nishimura, the latest technology is secondary, it is only the artistic expression of his own inspiration.
Nishimura’s award-winning “Blue Flower” series is an eight-year abstract of his daily encounters. With a career spanning over three decades, Nishimura invented a new photographic technique called ‘Scangram’. Inspired by Man Ray’s photogram, an old and classic shooting technique in which the subject is placed on chemically treated paper and exposed to a light without using a camera resulting to a monochrome image, Nishimura’s Scangram technique creates a luminous negative digital version of photogram. The visual reversed effect adds a mystic silhouette as if the image is captured under a moonlight. Nishimura sometimes describes his “Blue Flower” series as “flowers of the shadow” and is popular among his followers and collectors both in the East and West. Nishimura’s Blue Flower photo-catalogue is featured and available at Hermes in Paris, France.
The artist has exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions throughout Japan, the Netherlands, and France. Nishimura’s works can be found in the collections of Daido Moriyama, K’MoPa Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, and Zen Foto.