When asked what I shoot, I generally reply “everyday life,” but I’m never quite sure whether this is the correct answer. “Everyday life” is simply the most innocuous term to offer as a response.
Suda Issei made a name for himself in the Japanese photographic world through his 6 x 6 black-and-white prints that bare the unexpected—and often unsettling—dimensions lurking in otherwise perfectly mundane subjects. Now, a new collection focuses on a perhaps less known, but no less arresting side of his art: his color photography.
The roughly 150 works cover Fragment of Everyday Life (1983–1984), Suda’s first series of medium-format color photography, and four Polaroid series from the turn of this century including Spot, which seeks to capture the “residues” lingering at the sites of past incidents.