Minakami Town, Gumna Prefecture, 2005
Silver gelatin print
Toshio Shibata explores the delicate balance and powerful juxtapositions between the landscape and the infinite ability of man to impose structure on that landscape. Seen through Shibata’s large-format camera and wide-angle lenses, colossal industrial structures confuse our sense of mass and volume, and our ability to orient the subject in relation to human scale; the pure beauty of the photographs places man in awe of the structures.
Shibata has received international praise, most notably with a recent one man exhibition at the Centre National de la Photographie in Paris, preceded by a commission from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago to photograph in the United States.