This exhibit invites everybody on a magical trip from the cradle of European culture to the landscapes where nature is king. It would seem an impossible mission to truly capture life in the poor areas along the Ganges, in the extremities of the Nile, or in an isolated corner of the Andes but Japanese photographer Kazuyoshi Nomachi succeeds. His playful photography bridges the distances to record both the beauty and opposition of these many different worlds.
We can separate his masterpieces into roughly two categories: one praises the power of the elements, the other whispers secrets about a life without civilization. His photos capture contrast from the effects of light and shadow to focus and blurriness. The cold blue sky against burning desert sand are as thrilling as his shameless intrusion on the most inward moments of mother and child or the sacrifice of a human body. The intensity of his art perfectly shows how much power there is in prayer, how much strength in human connection, and the harmony possible between people and their environment.
A famous Hungarian photographer, Robert Capa said, “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough.” Well, Nomachi certainly dared to get close enough. Follow his example and go admire his work on display until May 4, 2014.
TILL 4 MAY 2014
La Pelanda – Centro di Produzione Culturale
Piazza O. Giustiniani, 4 (Testaccio)
Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday 4pm – 10pm / Saturday-Sunday 11am – 10pm
Entry fee: €8/10
Web site: www.mostranomachi.it