Born in Manchuria in 1943 and educated in Japan, Koichiro Kurita worked as a young man for a Tokyo advertising agency before becoming an independent commercial photographer. At forty years old, moved by his reading of Thoreau’s Walden, Koichiro Kurita directed his photography away from commercial work and toward meditative expressions of his connection to nature.
Kurita now focuses upon his impressions of the natural world-quiet New England woodlands, remote Boundary Waters lakes and rocks of Minnesota and Canada, and natural features of California and Japan–extracting poetic details from the greater landscape, and conveying these impressions by way of monochromatic prints, the result of platinum palladium, albumen and salt printing processes on Japanese and other papers. This selection of his Maine photographs encompasses nature as Kurita sees it in terms of “Chi Sui Ki,” or earth, water and air, and the borders that each of these realms share with one another and ourselves.
From The Smallest Leaf
April 16 – September 11