Skip to content

Photo of the Week #191

Toshio Shibata

Color photograph of water spillage cascading from a dam in a wooded area.

Minamiyamashiro Village, Kyoto Prefecture, 2010


May 2, 2022
A ground breaking exhibition in Tokyo gives viewers the opportunity to see Toshio Shibata’s work in conversation with paintings from the collection of the Artizon Museum. The exhibition presents photographs by Toshio Shibata and Risaku Suzuki with paintings by Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Gustave Courbet, Claude Monet, and an early landscape by Piet Mondrian.

Works by Shibata from the Tokyo exhibition will be exhibited in our booth (#219) at THE PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW, as part of our presentation of contemporary Japanese photography, alongside Yoko Ikeda, Miyako Ishiuchi, and Kazuo Sumida.

Toshio Shibata is known for his large-format photographs of landscapes interwoven with engineering, but he arrived at this approach via his study of painting. Shibata notes that the landscape paintings of Paul Cézanne were a formative early influence that guided his decision to pursue art. In particular, he observes that Cézanne’s approach of seeing the underlying geometry in a landscape, an innovation which led directly to the creation of cubism, was a particular inspiration for him.