Man and Woman #1

Man and Woman #1

1960

Eikoh Hosoe

(Japanese, b. 1933)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 24.6 x 16.9 cm (9 11/16 x 6 5/8 in.); Matted: 45.7 x 35.6 cm (18 x 14 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1993.215

Description

Technical discipline, allegory, the tension of opposites, and a lyric sense of design characterize the photographs of Eikoh Hosoe. Fusing the figurative with the abstract, he manipulates cropping, toning, and lighting to create images that are at once intimate and universal meditations. One of Hosoe’s most characteristic series, Man and Woman (1959–60) explores the human figure as both an elegant abstraction and a charged erotic subject. His images convey a theatrical and literary narrative, challenging the repressive moral codes of postwar Japan. The mysterious Man and Woman #1 depicts a heavily made-up Butoh dancer suspending a dead fish in her hand. The photograph’s exaggeration of power roles also suggests an intriguing relationship between female and male, life and death, and man and animal.

See also
Department: 
Photography
Type of artwork: 
Photograph

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance information, is based on historic information and may not be currently accurate or complete. Research on objects is an ongoing process, but the information about this object may not reflect the most current information available to CMA. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email collectionsdata@clevelandart.org.

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

Is something not working on this page? Please email help.website@clevelandart.org.

Request a digital file from Image Services that is not available through CC0, a detail image, or any image with a color bar. If you have questions about requesting an image, please email imageservices@clevelandart.org.