Voice of the Woods
April 6 – May 28, 2017
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: Noon-4pm
The Griffin, 67 Shore Road, Winchester, MA, 01890
To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Henry David Thoreau’s birth in 2017, Koichiro Kurita’s work from the project Beyond Spheres will be exhibited in the Main Gallery of the Griffin Museum of Photography. In response to Thoreau’s writings and overriding philosophy regarding timeless man’s relationship with nature, these photographs are an answer to the question “What if Thoreau had been a photographer?”
Koichiro Kurita launched the Beyond Spheres project in 2010. The aim of this project was, and is, to give pictorial form to Thoreau’s ideas and writings by employing the existing photographic methods in Thoreau’s time and invented by his contemporary, photography pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot. In homage to Thoreau and Talbot, Kurita has created handmade photographs with the same depth of thought and reflection on man’s coexistence with nature in this project. This approach provides a unique opportunity to experience Thoreau’s philosophy of man’s relationship to nature in visual form and to demonstrate the value of photography made by hand in today’s fast-paced world.Born in Japan, Koichiro Kurita attended Kwansei Gakuin University in Kobe. He studied perceptual psychology and used a camera for his experimental research when he was a college student. The American writer, poet, philosopher and naturalist Henry David Thoreau has been a great inspiration to Kurita since he read Walden in the mid of 1980’s. His encounter with this book set him on a new path. He gave up his career of commercial photography and has been working with nature landscapes for more than 25 years.
Koichiro Kurita’s works have been exhibited internationally and collected by numerous museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Harvard Art Museums, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the George Eastman Museum, the Maison Europeenne de la Photographie, the Biblioteque Nationale de France, Paris, the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, the Farnsworth Museum in Maine and many others.Free admission Thursdays from 2-4. Closed on Mondays. Admission is $7 for adults; $3 for seniors, Members and children under the age of 12 admitted free