It is with great sadness that we note the passing, on September 1, of NAKAHIRA Takuma.
It was a few years ago that he was placed in an institution where the possession of cameras was not permitted. Shortly thereafter he was hospitalized. I had been unable to meet him during those final years, but I imagine they were difficult.
While planning the first exhibition of our Weekend Gallery in Mishuku, I had always intended to include one particular photograph of Nakahira’s that I am particularly fond of.
It is a shot he took while travelling to Amami back in 1975, before becoming afflicted with memory-loss. “This, too, is one of the ways of the world,” it seems to announce, reminding me on every viewing of that fresh, immortal Nakahira vision.
I suspect he shot it out the back of a boat he was on, and just by thinking of him in that boat, I can see him in my mind’s eye, talking, peering through the viewfinder.
It is a photograph I wanted everyone to see on the occasion of this new chapter in ShugoArts’ history, but of course I had no idea this exhibition would become one by which to commemorate him.
Nakahira’s legacy is enormous. I’m sure it was his wish that not just photographers, but artists and creators would carry on his work – as indeed they have done.
I pray that his soul may rest in peace.
September 5, 2015