"I needed to find a medium which would give me the excitement of seeing rapid results.” - Shinkichi Tajiri
In 1969, when Tajiri started teaching at the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin, he decided to investigate the possibilities of photography.
Tajiri started his investigation at the beginning and revived the daguerreotype technique. After three years and more than a thousand plates, he found that he unknowingly inhaled an excess of insidious fumes while developing the images and was advised to stop. Tajiri switched his attention to stereoscopy,
the phenomenon of two, two-dimensional images (when viewed through a set of mirrors - based on the method of Sir Charles Wheatstone, 1802-75) containing a third dimension.
text: S.Tajiri, Autobiographical notations, Kempen Publishers, 1993
photo above: Shinkichi Tajiri, 3-D Video, reconstruction of a model from 1976.
Hand-coloured photo on linen, 90 x 100 cm
Giclée on velvet, 2001, 124 x 178 cm
Hand-coloured photo on linen, 65 x 120 cm
Daguerreotype, 53 x 75 mm Collection: Metropolitan Museum, New York
1976, Daguerreotype, 53 x 75 mm
Daguerreotype, 53 x 75 mm
3-D ‘fisheye’ photo installation, 1983
3 full circle panoramic photographs
Shinkichi Tajiri’s portable 3-D viewer, 1973