Risaku Suzuki

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""Plaque sensible (sensory plate of perception)" was a phrase coined by Paul Cézanne. Cézanne wrote that the harmony of art parallels that of nature, and the artist must silence and forget all the voices of prejudice within himself and then the entire landscape will inscribe itself on his sensory plate. Cézanne thought of himself as a device for recording sensation, which he then objectified, projected, and fixed on his canvas. He believed that color could express not only the sense of sight but also the sense of smell and hearing. Because he tried to unify "nature as it is seen" and "nature as it is felt", his paintings do not depict the object but rather his sensory perception of it.


In the case of photography, the camera perceives the object without intention or prejudice. The mechanical vision of the camera is significantly different than human vision, which is necessarily selective in the perception of visual information. The pure vision of the camera records all the details that human vision has filtered out. This is, as it were, the fundamental property of the camera. Many photographers resist this fundamental property and use composition, focus, and shutter speed to impose their own vision". - Risaku Suzuki


For this series displayed at the Canon Gallery S in Tokyo, Risaku Suzuki has photograpged selected sites which are generally associated with modern painters. At each site, he felt as if he were encountering the creativity of the artist. Relying on the camera's purity of vision, he has tried to capture the true nature of photography.