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Hisaji Hara: A Photographic Portrayal of the Paintings of Balthus    May 19 - Jul 7, 2012

ROSEGALLERY is pleased to announce the American debut of Hisaji Hara’s “A photographic portrayal of the paintings of Balthus.” Black and white prints from this acclaimed series will be on view 19 May through 07 July, 2012. An opening reception will be held Saturday, 19 May, 2012 from five to seven pm.

Hara’s technique involves creating multiple exposures in-camera without computer manipulation, coupled with the use of smoke machines and cinematic lighting. The result is a highly enchanting and singular print quality that reinforces the poignant longing and adolescent reverie that his subjects embody.

Hisaji Hara was born in Tokyo, Japan, and graduated from the Musashino University of Art and Design in 1986. In 1993 he emigrated to the United States and worked as a director of photography for television and documentary film before returning to Japan in 2001. “A photographic portrayal of the paintings of Balthus” was made over a period of five years beginning in 2006. In 2010 he received first prize at the Yokohama Photo Festival for the work.

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