新井卓《MONUMENTS》

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自2010年起,新井卓(1978-)關注著核安問題,他開始使用銀版攝影進行一項「微型紀念碑」計畫——拍攝在1954年因美國在太平洋比基尼環礁進行氫彈試爆,造成日本漁船「第五福龍丸」船員集體受到輻射落塵汙染致死事件中生還的船員與船骸,藉由現實的碎片,紀錄著這個已經久遠的核安事件。此計畫也成為他更為深入連結日本福島、廣島和長崎問題的契機。

對新井卓而言,銀版攝影並非是作為一種古典的懷舊表現手法,而是認為銀版攝影相較於現代攝影,它是一種更有利於留傳紀錄且更為可靠的記憶保存方式,特別是在經歷核災之後。新井認為,銀版攝影所承載的光的刻痕以及不可重製性,本身即是一個紀念碑。

曾拍攝日本廣島原爆後場景的日本資深攝影家川田喜久治在本書中寫道 : 「這些銀版照片使我們的眼睛和心靈能與那一天同步,揭開了由人類文明所刻印出的滿是衝突的世界。在此,透過這位敏銳的攝影師,古老的銀版攝影猶如重生。我們將明瞭這個新生紀念碑上有著許多刻面,反射著事物的好與壞;也正是尋索複雜記憶視角的具體作法。」新井的影像連結了人類核子時代過去與現在的蹤跡,他的影像旅程,從人類史上第一個核試爆場——位於美國新墨西哥州的Trinity Site,一直到日本福島。

距離1945年廣島與長崎原爆已然飛逝逾70年的今天,新井卓的《MONUMENTS》是一項歷史警示,也讓我們不得不再次思考依然懸而未決的核安爭議——這個對於全世界來說都必須嚴肅正視的巨大問題。

Beginning in 2010, when Takashi Arai(1978-) first became interested in nuclear issues, he has used the daguerreotype technique to create individual records—micro-monuments—of his encounters with surviving crew members, and the salvaged hull, of the fallout-contaminated Daigo Fukuryumaru fishing boat, records that touch upon the fragmented reality of events in the past. This project led him to photograph the deeply interconnected subjects of Fukushima, Hiroshima, Nagasaki.

Arai does not see daguerreotype as a nostalgic reproduction of a classical method; instead, he has made it his own personal medium, finding it a reliable device for storing memory that is far better for recording and transmitting interactions with his subjects than modern photography.

Kikuji Kawada, a master photographer who contributed an essay to MONUMENTS, says: “This daguerreotype photograph allows our eyes and mind to synchronize with the day, and reveals a world full of conflict carved by civilization. Here, the aged technique of the daguerreotype is reborn as an original method chosen by a keen photographer. We shall realize that newborn monuments are multi-faceted, mirrors with both positives and negatives; they are a concrete method to search for the complex perspective of memories.” Arai’s daguerreotypes connect the past to the present through the journey to the nuclear legacies from Trinity Site to Fukushima.

Last year(2015) is the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombing. At this crucial moment, his first monograph casts a new light on the history, and bridges gigantic issues and observable world of our individuals.

Takashi Arai is a Tokyo based photographer/daguerreotypist. His work has appeared in numerous exhibitions, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Mori Art Museum and the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, among other international venues. In 2014, he received the Source-Cord Prize, UK. His works are held in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, and Musée Guimet among other museums.

《MONUMENTS》 | 新井卓 | 27.5 x 19.5 cm | 附書盒 | 160頁 | 130張照片 | 2015年 | Photo Gallery International出版 | 限量1000冊 | 日文 & 英文

MONUMENTS | by Takashi ARAI | 27.5 x 19.5 cm | With a craft rubber finished box | 160 pages | 130 images | 2015 | Published by Photo Gallery International | Limited edition 1000 | Japanese & English

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