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Kenshi Daito: Integument

Born in 1970, Tokyo, Japan.


A creature is made up of organs. An integumentary system in which the organs are integrated together, entangled with each other, and most essentially related to form the outermost layer of a body. This set of organs includes a creature’s skin and its appendages that act as a physical barrier between the external and the internal environment that it serves to maintain our inner anima. The photographic series, Integument (2021) by Kenshi Daito, is an experimental photographic work that encapsulates the phenomena of our physical skin. Blurred and obscured, arcane and indefinite, Daito’s cyanotype photographs are a complex, otherworldly and distinctive view on our creature’s bodily external and ultimately also our inner selfs. 

Originally an acter at a pantomime theatrical company, Kenshi Daito started practicing art photography in the 1990s. In 2006, he achieved to master the gum bichromate process – a pigment print technique invented in 19century, which laid the ground to work with alternative processes for researching the possibility of the expressions of former photography technics. In 2014, he founded Tokyo Alternative Photography – an educational institution and a community group of analog photography. His work has been exhibited at SUSU in Tokyo, Tokyopunctum in Tokyo and Flémalle in Belgium, among others. In 2003, he won the highest prize of Canon Digital Creators Contest.

Edited by Nikolaj Ahlefeldt Andersen