Between Illusion and Reality– Kishin Shinoyama/ Words by Viviane Lee

Kishin Shinoyama (篠山紀信,1940-), a renowned Japanese photographer, who grew up in Shinjuku of Tokyo, has a great influence on picture-taking techniques.  He had engaged in photography since he was a university student.  The city development and female figure are the two main issues within his works.  His most well-known photo album is “Santa Fe: Rie Miyazawa”.  This remarkable model, only 18, was a popular female idol, and she was a rare-seen Japanese star willing to be naked for the photography art.  This striking album was astonishing and impressive to both the Asian and the West photo lovers in the 90s.