Kiyohiko KomuraWork II, Female Body Composition c. 1950

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Artist
Kiyohiko Komura (1899‑1969)
Title
Work II, Female Body Composition
Date c. 1950
MediumPhotograph, gelatin silver print on paper
Dimensionsimage: 238 x 238 mm support: 240 x 241 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with funds provided by the Asia Pacific Acquisitions Committee 2010
Reference
P79912
Not on display

Summary

This gelatin silver print is composed of two negative exposures of a fragment of a human torso enlarged to different sizes. Much of Kiyohiko Komura’s work involved photographing specific parts of the human body and using darkroom techniques to transform these images into abstract formal arrangements of light and shadow. In this example, Komura has isolated only a very specific shape from within a human torso and superimposed one negative over the other making the original body parts difficult to recognise. The result is an abstract composition of two dark forms that seem to have been stamped or imprinted upon the paper.

Born in Nagoya in 1899, Kiyohiko Komura was an amateur photograph and worked for Todai Bank until the great Showa depression of 1929… (read more)

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