The recent photography exhibit by Bangkok-based Japanese artist Soichiro Shimizu, offers a second life to abandoned photos. These photographs— all taken by highly accomplished and reputable Thai photographers the artist knows and admires—are transformed by Soichiro into astonishing visual maelstroms, measuring several meters high, that truly have to be seen to be believed.
The show consists of 17 limited numbered prints, and each is accredited to the corresponding photographic participant. Soichiro has turned their “delete bins” into something completely unique, by painstakingly re-looking, re-composing and re-incarnating the digital files. On opening night many of the participating photographers in attendance posted their reactions on social media.
Cattleya Katie Jaruthavee wrote: “When Soichiro asked for my photo ‘trash bin’ never in my wildest imagination could I pictured the finished product.”
Sam Cochaputsup wrote: “Who would have thought your abandoned pictures could turn into [an] amazing work of art.”
The exhibition, curated by Dr. Prapon (Joe) Kumjim, will continue at Bangkok’s YenakArt Villa until June 5th, before moving on to Italy where it will be displayed at the Palazzo Collicola Arti Visive – Spoleto, from 15th of October to the 11th of December 2016. All photos are printed with EPSON Professional Printers: EPSON SureColor P-7000 and EPSON Stylus Pro 9890.