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PUBLICATIONS

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Togyuto Tokunoshima - Tokunoshima The Bullfighting Island

Togyuto Tokunoshima - Tokunoshima The Bullfighting Island

Heibonsha Art Publishing Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, 2005.“Togyuto Tokunoshima” were added to the collection of The Victoria and Albert Museum and the British museum and more.

Syuan- The Color of Blood

Syuan- The Color of Blood

Kyuryudo Art Publishing Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, 2006.An art book of vivid and stylish photographs expressing the beauty of fighting; bull, dogs, roosters, and boxers that are fighting because they want to, not because they have to. “Syuan” were added to the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the British museum and more.

MIDSUMMER DEATH

MIDSUMMER DEATH

The 11 images of fine art were printed by the master artisans at the Benrido Atelier using the collotype process. Part of a limited edition of 30, each portfolio is encased in a clothbound cover with an original hand crafted silver plate and was produced as part of Tsunaki Kuwashima’s exhibition Midsummer Death during the 2016 Kotographie International Photography Festival.

Yamanashi

Yamanashi

Tsunaki Kuwashima photograph higher than approximately 1,200 participants mainly on the design of the meeting of the 60th anniversary of the foundation of the Yamanashi person alliance society formed in the Japanese outstanding industry and government people who came from Yamanashi !

Flame & Ash

Flame & Ash

This an art work "the flame & ash" is the first photo-book that Tsunaki Kuwashima published as "Zine"style.

UNEARTHED

UNEARTHED

Tsunaki Kuwashima and his art works "the Eternal Idols" was invited to the UNEARTHED exhibition by the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (SCVA).2010.

GALLERY

"The Aurora"
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PORFOLIO

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STATEMENT

Statement

“I attempt to reverse all valuable things you believe in by my art.” I’ve been trying to making the re-consideration of the Japanese history by my art works. Because someone or something did make our culture go wrong direction.It seemed that they who did those things on our culture want to wipe out our innate characteristic and spirits,and instinct.Therefore,I declared fight against anythings that I’ve mentioned about to get back our own cultures.This kind of story has been happened everywhere.On going deeply a way into the cultural history of our own past,we come upon a situation which says that the fact of our origin.Now,I feel that I’m at the turning back point.I think it’s time to create works using by the original wisdom that an ancestor made up for going back to the present and further. I go back to the future. I go back to the future to reverse all valuable things you believe in using by my art.I think this is the way to remind what we are. Tsunaki Kuwashima

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CRITICISM

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"To me, photography is like Ukiyoe in the era I live" says Tsunaki Kuwashima. Although Kuwashima headed to London to let his dream, that is to be a director of music video, come true, he in the end chose photography to to live in. The mid. 90's of London is the era that came to alive again with many of talented young creators after a long period of absence with the fresh air. The town got over the chronic disease of British and was paid off its economical success. Having chosen the town of London, what Kuwashima was looking for from there?
Fumihiro Hayashi

Fumihiro Hayashi

「Dune」magazine editor in chief
Zoom: I assume that people’s reactions to your photographs differ : some are glued to your photographs, while some have an aversion to them. Perhaps half and half, I think. I do not mind if some people have an aversion to my photographs. I would rather hope some feel that way.(Laugh)If someone sees my photographs and says, “Poor thing ! “ or “ Animal cruelty ! “ and then, gets home and goes to bed without feeding their pets, that would be more scary, really. There are a lot of contradictions like that in the world around us, aren’t there ? I think that ideas about what is love are the issue,,,,,.
Satomi Itai

Satomi Itai

「ZOOM」 magazine
A photographer Tsunaki Kuwashima won the first prize Fuji Photo Salon New Photographer Award 2001,the award of photography given to a new talent with fresh possibilities of their own style. Titled "Live Till Die",Kuwashima captures the fight against illness of his father who died this year. The series of award winning photos consist of 10 photos of color and of black / white,,,,,
YAMANASHI NICHINICHI SHIMBUN

YAMANASHI NICHINICHI SHIMBUN

Review of the Fuji Photo Salon New Photographer Award 2001
Tsunaki Kuwashima is one of the photographers whom I want to pay attention to most at the collection of photographs "bullfighting island, Tokunoshima" and "Shuan" ,"Yamanashi" (All store up the British Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum).in a series of an essay or a private exhibition, [ push and ] As a writer I would like to observe the photograph art circles in Japan most now when it is trying to clear a new ground level, piercing through a look beyond a lens,,,,,
Fujio Mukoyama

Fujio Mukoyama

Art section manager/chief of art curator at Yamanashi Prefectual art museum
The photographic image is a cypher for a moment, passed and captured. The cypher is the result, or evidence of codification of an act, or rather several acts. The cypher encodes the momentary action of releasing the shutter. Releasing the shutter: opening it at 1/24th, 1/100th of a second (or whatever length, on whatever film speed) will let light in on a focal plane and fix for near eternity the real and virtual objects inverted on the sensitised plate, pixel sensor field, emulsion or film. This used to be a special moment,,,,,
Michael Horsham

Michael Horsham

Artist,TOMATO
Tsunaki Kuwashima is a unique breed among photographers. His intimate portraits of dogs, cocks and bulls—all used for fighting—capture the purity of life before the eruption of violence. Over the years, Kuwashima has followed the lives of the animals and their caretakers and the communities who still breed these indigenous creatures in small parts of Japan following the age-old tradition of animal fighting that dates back for centuries,,,,,
Kazz Morohashi

Kazz Morohashi

Artist

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