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27 September 7

Shinichi Maruyama

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From writing in the sky to sculpting from liquid motion, photography has always been a part of Shinichi Maruyama’s life. Born in 1968 in Nagano Japan, he started photographing the mountainous terrain surrounding his own home city.

Writing in the sky

At Chiba University, Shinichi Maruyama majored in image engineering where he studied emulsion and learned to hone his passion for photography. After graduating, he began his professional career in 1992 at Amana Japan, one of the largest commercial photographic agencies in the world. Access to the latest equipment and unlimited use of film development labs, allowed him to build a massive repertoire of commercial images.

From 1994 onward, he spent 4 years as a freelance photographer, developing his own unique style, and beginning his documentary photographic studies of Tibet. He would go on to work for Hakuhodo Photo Creative in 1998, producing innovating advertising campaigns, and with access to their latest high-speed strobe equipment, began to develop a fascination for liquid and motion imagery.

Writing in the sky

Upon leaving Hakuhodo, Shinichi began a deeply introspective, artistic period. He travelled frequently to Tibet, to complete two photography books about the Spiti Valley region, The Spiti Valley, and Spiti.

In 2003 he moved to New York City and began work on what would become his ‘Kusho’ series. It is a stunning abstract collection made with sumi calligraphy ink flying in mid-air. The images saw much success and positive review in Paris Photo, Art Basel in Switzerland, and the New York Armory Show and led him hold a show at Bruce Silverstein Gallery in New York.

At present, Shinichi Maruyama continues to work on and produce new artwork in New York.

Shinichi Maruyama

Writing in the sky

Writing in the sky

The water sculpture series (below) is another demonstration of high speed photography by Shinichi Maruyama – freezing time to capture the perfect form of liquid motion.

7 thoughts to “Shinichi Maruyama”

  1. valeria

    September 27, 2010 at 1:56 am

    great and beautiful

  2. Amy

    September 27, 2010 at 11:16 am

    The first word that came out of my mouth was….. WOW. Jawdroppingly delicate art form!

  3. Mike

    September 28, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Brilliant work!

  4. fuzzimo

    September 28, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    This is way too cool! What an original thing to do. The slow motion video is very interesting!

  5. Farhan

    September 28, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Mind blowing and incredible

  6. Lena Krieger

    January 13, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Calligraphy is Kunst, calligraphy is an art. It was the mutual agreement I reached with a nice German lady with whom I admired a set of beautifully handwritten letters that introduced an exhibit on Pre-Raphaellites in Berlin. Shinici Maruyama fuses this age-old form of art with modern Photography. Results speak for themselves.

  7. dada vfc

    February 24, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    absolute amazing… awesome art concept!

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