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- Materialising the moments -
"Oblivion Terror" x "Craving For Existence" x "Physical Linkage" x "Impermanence" x "Physical Photography"

About Me

<h1> Yugo Ito is a Japanese photographer, currently based in Seoul, Korea. 

In the belief that the elementary particles of light which once "touched" the subject that you wish to preserve remain on a light-sensitivity surface such as a silver plate, a glass and a film sheet, he is trying to establish a "Physical Linkage" with transitory worldly. Life is impermanence. "Impermanence" (Sanskrit: Anitya, Japanese: 無常 mujō) is one of doctrine in Buddhism. But, he takes a photo to resist this truth. 

There is an undercurrent in his mind, which is the essence of photography is to assure our live's consistency.  This strong sensation is based on following his faith, "All living things leave offsprings, which is the principle of all living things. However, through the Cognitive Revolution, only human-being acquired thinking. In other words, human-being should have met with the Oblivion Concept. Since the antiquity to the present day, human-being has always tried to leave a trace of self in various means to resist "Oblivion Terror". Therefore, this unconscious tide constituted the source of photography.

However, there is another relevant word in Buddhism to the essence of photography, assuring the referent's existence. It is "Craving for Existence" (Sanskrit: Bhava-tanha, Japanese: 有愛 Uai), which is one of three types of Taṇhā identified by the Buddha. This craving is for immortality and trace of oneself after death, and photography fills the craving. Buddha identified these cravings as the root causes of suffering, whereas it is very hard to extinguish the flame of craving: the ego always keeps to desire photography.

That is especially why he mainly try to use daguerreotype, collodion process and film photography. He has called these processes "Physical Photography" as a retronym to compare with Digital Photography. The essence of Physical Photography is that its state of ageing with time gives us an opportunity to experience impermanent beauty. In short, he is trying to face the self-contradiction through physical photography, yet the suffering will not end unless he stops photographing.

Although he mainly uses film cameras and analog techniques such as Wet-Plate collodion photography and daguerreotype for his works, he also uses a digital camera for his clients such as Airbnb, Recruit Marketing Partners CO.,Ltd(JAPAN) etc. In addition, he does wedding photography. In 2016, he has carried out "Around the world Honeymoon" with a Japanese couple.<h1>


Yugo Ito 

 

Born in Tsushima City, Aichi, Japan.
Grown up as the 4th generation of a family-owned photo studio.
Working in mainly Japan and Korea.

He mainly shoot Daguerreotype & Wet Plate Collodion & Dry Plate Collodion with his hand-made Urushi-coated wooden large format camera.


Currently running On-demand Photo Studio "MATERIALISM" specialising in Daguerreotype & Wet/Dry Plate Collodion Process in Seoul, Korea.
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The elementary particles of light which once "touched" the subject that you wish to preserve remain on a light-sensitivity surface such as a silver plate, a glass and a film sheet. Then, a "Physical Linkage" is established between a subject and me who is looking at the photo. In this belief, I get the sense that I can stand up to the transitory world. This has been my attitude toward photography since I have started to take a photo.

"Lives on this planet leave offsprings." This is the principle of all living things. However, through the Cognitive Revolution, human-being acquired thinking. Shortly afterwards, human-being should have met with the Oblivion Concept. Since the antiquity to the present day, human-being has always tried to leave a trace of self in various ways in order to resist "Oblivion Terror". In this fear of oblivion, I believe that Neanderthal man would have made a practice of burial, and I assume that this unconscious tide constituted the source of photography.

Thus, I have come to believe that the essential feature of photography is the power of experiencing the past presence. Experiences can never be memories until something is suggestive of the experience, bringing it back into one’s consciousness. Human-being recognises an experience A as a memory after “experiencing” the experience A, and photographs can be powerfully suggestive. So, when people lose their photographs, people cannot help but often regard this as losing the referent itself. I heard the same thought from the victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 as well.

However, why have human beings depended this much on photography? I have found the answer in Buddhism, which is "Craving for Existence". It is one of three types of Taṇhā identified by the Buddha, and the craving is for immortality and trace of oneself after death. Life is impermanence in Buddhism. And, Buddha identified these cravings as the root causes of suffering, whereas it is very hard to extinguish the flame of craving because the ego always keeps to desire photography which fills the craving. Nevertheless, photography is the most important invention in the history of mankind. Because it assures my/her/his existence. But, taking a photograph is the suffering?

In short, the suffering would not end unless I stop photographing? I have come to face the self-contradiction but it has made me devote myself to daguerreotype, collodion process and film photography. Compared with digital photography, I have called these processes "Physical Photography" as a retronym. The essence of Physical Photography is that its state of ageing with time gives us an opportunity to experience the beauty of impermanence. As people get old with time, things get aged as well. So does photography. Physical Photography embodies that all worldly things are transitory. This is the reason why grandfather/mother's photos are always beautiful.

Now I have come to face the self-contradiction. But my physical photos are still very lively and silky like baby skin. So, I also need to become a grandfather to test my hypothesis, how great physical photography's state of ageing with time contributes to its beauty and dignity, unlike digital photography. A photograph is half taken, half grown.


Although he mainly uses his hand-made large format camera and analogue techniques such as Daguerreotype, Wet/Dry Plate collodion photography for his works, he also uses a digital camera for his clients such as Airbnb, Recruit Marketing Partners CO.,Ltd(JAPAN) etc. In addition, he does wedding photography. In 2016, he has carried out “Around the world Honeymoon” with a Japanese couple.




CV

Main Work Experience
2017  The 2nd Dry Plate Collodion Process Shooting & Processing Workshop by MATERIALISM
          Culture Garden, Seoul, Korea
2017 Wet Plate Collodion Process Shooting for Romantic Theatre <Tian Mi Mi>
          Supported by Seoul Special Metropolitan City
2017 The 1st Dry Plate Collodion Process Shooting & Processing Workshop by MATERIALISM
          Mugyewon, Jungro Foundation for Arts & Culture, Seoul, Korea
2017 Wet Plate Collodion Process Shooting Event at the National Taekwondo Museum
          during 2017 WTF WORLD TAEKWONDO CHAMPIONSHIP → HERE
2017 "Materialism" On-demand Alternative Photography Studio, Seoul, Korea / Architect & Photographer → HERE
2016 Around the World Honeymoon / Photographer → HERE
2016 Airbnb, Inc. / Official Photographer

Education
2015 Postgraduate Diploma in Photography, LCC, University of the Arts London, United Kingdom
2014 BA in Management, Faculty of Economic, Sophia University, Tokyo

Awards
2016 The Rendering The Spirit show (Alternative Photographic Process), United States, Twelve Selected Artists
2015 Thirty for Thirty, United Kingdom, Thirty Emerging Artists
2014 The 62nd Nikkor (Nikon) Photo Contest, Japan, 5th Prize in U-31 Division
2013 The 11th Japan Photography Association, Award of Excellence
2013 The 17th Japan General Photographic Exhibition, Two Awards of Excellence
2013 The Embassy of The Republic Of Korea in Japan, Photo Contest, Selected
2013 Hasselblad & The Embassy of Sweden in Japan, Innovation Photo Contest, Finalists
2012 The 64th Chunichi Photo Contest (Japanese Newspaper), Selected

Published
2015 Thirty for Thirty Art Book, United Kingdom

Featured
2015 LCC Postgraduate Shows // Spotlight on (URL)

Serial
2015  Monthly Magazine of Chunichi Newspaper Photography Association, Japan

Exhibitions
2017 The 2nd Modern Seoul&China Dryplate exhibition by MATERIALISM, Culture Garden, Seoul, Korea
2017 The 1st Modern Seoul Dryplate exhibition by MATERIALISM
         Mugyewon, Jungro Foundation for Arts & Culture, Seoul, Korea
2016 Glen Echo Photoworks Gallery, Washington DC, United States
2015 Postgraduate Show, LCC, University of the Arts London, London, United Kingdom
2015 Camera Work, the Leyden Galley, London, United Kingdom


My Japanese lacquer coated handmade large format camera
mainly used for Daguerreotype, Dry/Wet Plate Collodion Works.

 
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