Tajiri with 3-D Video model

PHOTOGRAPHY

 

"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.

Mlle X, 1982
Mlle X, 1982

Hand-coloured photo on linen, 90 x 100 cm

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Joyce, 1981
Joyce, 1981

Giclée on velvet, 2001, 124 x 178 cm

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Rita, 1982
Rita, 1982

Hand-coloured photo on linen, 65 x 120 cm

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Ed Kienholz, 1976
Ed Kienholz, 1976

Daguerreotype, 53 x 75 mm Collection: Metropolitan Museum, New York

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Suzanne Tajiri-van der Capellen
Suzanne Tajiri-van der Capellen

1976, Daguerreotype, 53 x 75 mm

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Brandenburger Tor, 1976
Brandenburger Tor, 1976

Daguerreotype, 53 x 75 mm

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3-D ‘fisheye’ photo installation, 1983

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Castle Scheres, 1981
Castle Scheres, 1981

3 full circle panoramic photographs

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Shinkichi Tajiri’s portable 3-D viewer, 1973

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