Katsumata Kunihiko

The notion that photographs are unconditionally accurate has been made obsolete by today’s digitalization. Yet it is often taken for granted that when a camera and lens are involved, the visible reality is reproduced with precision. Of course, this is the fundamental function of a camera, but when a moment is captured by the camera lens, the three-dimensional world before it is converted to a two-dimensional image. Thus, while based on reality, the world depicted in a photograph has transformed into something different”, Katsumata says. The works in his “Right Angle” series are meticulously cropped shots of architectural elements.


At first glance, the minimalistic photographs are easily mistaken for abstract paintings. Where surfaces meet and collide, edges are converted to lines. Three dimensions are converted into two, and the distinctly representative reality of a building approaches abstraction. In the mysterious space that emerges in these photographs, the cubic and planar surfaces seem to intersect and exist at the same time. Through his photography, Katsumata questions the relationship between reception and reality. He maintains that you can not truly know anything for certain unless you see it with your own eyes, and his photographs, which render mundane spaces to alien landscapes, speak of the deceptiveness of our own eyes.