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Teru Kuwayama

   
 

The Poetry of Disaster

   

 

  

 

Teru Kuwayama is a documentary photographer, an artist, and a nomad--and one sees all these facets coming together in a body of work that includes some of the most haunting contemporary photography we have seen.  A native New Yorker, Kuwayama is to be found traveling through the Middle East and Asia to wild remote places or to the frontiers of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan, traveling from the heights of the Himalayas through some of the poorest regions in Asia.  Always, he looks on these things with the eye of the artist and poet.

Kuwayama manages to elicit a soulfulness, an eerie beauty where one would think there is none to be found. A very difficult thing to pull off--his lens is always aesthetic and hones in on an inner essence as if his camera says all is art then, even this devastation; he finds a strange poetry even in sorrow or ruins.  The quality of the light, shades of gray that bring out some other dimension--they are nothing like reality. Dreamscapes perhaps, for even in the ravages of war and nature he chronicles there is an otherworldly atmosphere.  His work is primarily in black and white with a grainy screened quality that emphasizes the timelessness of the ethereal light.  All this is usually achieved with the simplicity of his favorite camera--a Holga--and he rarely uses a digital camera or artificial lighting. 

A photojournalist who is often seen in the pages of Time and Newsweek, he is also the co-founder of Lightstalkers--an online community of globe-trotting photographers, travelers and journalists and a platform to pool information and resources. 

Teru Kuwayama's work will be a part of the group show Battlespace: Unrealities of War which showcases photographs from Iraq and Afghanistan and opens at the Sideshow Gallery in Williamsburg on Saturday and runs through November 16th.

In Kuwayama's work the edginess is in the content--the photography is always poetry.  

 

Discover: Teru Kuwayama

Visit: Battlespace, Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg 

On the web: Lightstalkers.org

 

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