Michiko Kon: Still Lives

1992, MIT List Visual Arts Center
Book cover for Michiko Kon: Still Lives featuring black and white image of fish served on a platter.
1992, MIT List Visual Arts Center

10 pages, 7 b/w illus.

Japanese photographer Michiko Kon’s rich black and white photographs hover between the grotesque and the poetic. Her theatrically staged Surrealist still-lifes combine organic materials which range from flowers to vegetables to that most emblematic of Japanese cultural icons — raw fish. The sense of impending decay embodied in the fleshy materials and references to the body underscores photography’s ability to freeze and preserve the transitory. Introduction by Katy Kline. Essay by Michiko Kasahara.