As I read through bios and interviews of photographers that I feature, one name often comes up among them that is listed as a favourite or major influence. That name is Japanese photographer Hiroshi Nonami.
Born in 1954 Matsue City, in the Shimane Prefecture of Japan, Nonami graduated from the Osaka Photography Academy in 1974 and founded his Studio No-ah in 1979.
Nonami is known for his gothic, dreamlike photographs of statuesque women, and his work is described as reminiscent of mythology or classic art.
When you first see a Nonami photograph, you instantly think Photoshop – but think again. All of Nonami’s images are made by hand using a number of techniques including letting mold grow on the film (to create stains and patterns), and stacking his slides to combine images. Often times, Nonami cannot precisely tell what the resulting image will be and sometimes errors make for better images.
Nonami’s work has been exhibited in numerous cities in Japan, the United States, and Europe. He has published six books of his photographs including “Abyss” (1993, 2000), a photo book of the Music Group Luna Sea (1995), “Eureka” (1995), “Chaos” (1997), a photo book of actress Makiko Esumi (1999), and “Mousa” (2005).
Sadly, there doesn’t seem to be much information online about Nonami and previous links to his “official website” are now inactive. You can see more of his photographs at Canal Blog.
Sources: Mondo Bizzarro Gallery