From Girl Syashin To Girl Photography
Girl, beauty and pure incarnation, symbol of love and mourning; once you were a girl, now you are a girl, once you liked girl, now you like girl, but in the end it can only lament like Shakespeare: "Time doth transfix the flourish set on youth And delves the parallels in beauty’s brow,Feeds on the rarities of nature’s truth,And nothing stands but for his scythe to mow." Girl is a topic forever, because it is about time and beauty. If someone writes a book, "History of Girl", it must be more charming than any historical work in ancient and modern China and abroad; photography about girls can always impress men and women...
However, Girl Photography is undoubtedly Girl Syashin in China, or Japanese style, at least from the creation of young photographers, most of them are deeply influenced by Shinoyama Kishin and Nobuyoshi Araki, regardless of the tone and shooting style. This aspect proves that young photographers in China not only really like and imitate and learn Japanese photography, but also inject vitality into Chinese photography. On the other hand, also have doubts: Where is the originality of such works? How far can young photographers go?
Although the Syashin Culture rarely touches the reality, it expresses more the theme of private or individuality. However, the Japanese female syashin culture still looks historical today and has its cultural roots and characteristics. For example, “private photography” does not mean a style or a private photography, but a change in lifestyle and way of thinking. This concept used by the Japanese photography industry to criticize the Nobuyoshi Araki was eventually a trend, but it was also a very vague and embarrassing trend. It seems that casually taking something private is called private photography. Not at all, this is first of all a counterbalance of individual life, followed by a counterbalance of non-social photography, and once again a counterbalance of physical aesthetics. For this reason, it has won the favor of young people. And the girlish portrait of the Shinoyama Kishin style, whether the " Girls Hostel", "Girls' Desire" or the full nude photo album "Santa Fe" of Miyazawa Rie, is a creative, life-oriented, different from the Western human body - Portrait photography. For Japanese photo culture, we can't simply imitate it, we need to put it into the scope of world photography to consider it, so that we can better understand its uniqueness.
Shinoyama Kishin and Nobuyoshi Araki, these insurmountable peaks of photography, mark the height of oriental girl photography or private photography. The key to their photography lies in creating innovation and distinguishing them from their predecessors. This is completely different from Western nude-portrait photography from ancient Greek aesthetics: Edward Weston is abstract, Helmut Newton is erotic, Lucien Clergue is romantic, they More emphasis on body building, abstract geometric lines, ultimate eroticism, or extreme pornography. And the oil painting-style girl body photography like David Hamilton represents the culmination of European and American girls' photography aesthetics. Sally Mann photographs her daughter's photography, linking life, survival, affection, and hidden death. Jock Sturges's "Nude House" is a concern for the "celestial movement" culture. In recent years, the popular Ukrainian photographer David Dubnitskiy's idyllic girl photography combines the pastoral style, fashion color and human beauty to express the ideal life of a modern urbanite.
Therefore, Girl Photography is a very broad category, not just Girl Syashin. From Girl Syashin to Girl Photography, it will be a process of Dispel-Syashin, a process of deeper photography thinking. So we can have better girl photography. Filming boys and girls, Photographer Ren Hang is known all over the world. After Ren Hang, many outstanding young photographic artists appeared in China, such as No. 223, BingNu, Cai Dongdong, Dai Jianyong, Fang Xianhai, Gan Yingying, Yihuan, JiuKou Zouzhao, Ka Xiaoxi, Li Zhengde, Murong Tuoxie, Shen Siyuan, Xia Fuyao, Xiao Guanmu, Yuan Xiaopeng, Their works also included the creation of young girl subjects. Their photograpy are more Oriental and contemporary, and well interpret the theme and connotation of "Chinese Girls". Let the world know about Chinese photography, but also about the present and future of "Chinese Girl Photography".