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Matsunaga Toru: Unusual

Born in Osaka, Japan.


Everyday existence moves between the usual and the unusual, and the distinction between is blurry. The street photography of Matsugana Toru praises the unusual, as fragmented pieces of life, almost as open appearances and glimpses into existence.

Overexposure is the result of too much light hitting the film or, in a digital camera, the sensor. The intentionally overexposed photographs of Matsugana Toru are bright, appear washed out, and enlightens specific elements we often overlook as pedestrians. By operating with light, playing with where the light strikes and doesn’t, Matsugana Toru conveys a tenebrous yet sanguine visual expression of his city-surroundings. To some, the viewer is presented with the usual, to others, the unusual is unraveled through the cracks of his RICOH GR3. 

Birds are flying low, flowers and demonstrations is side by side in the alleys, pipes are fuming gases just as the clock ticks to the smoke-break for people at work. Through nearly surreal and visceral imagery, the matter of subject depicted in Matsunaga Toru’s monochrome photos visions bodies getting by in the harsh yet hopeful landscape of a metropolis going through the effects of a global infectious disease. Matsugana Toru is a self-taught photographer whose practice is mainly executed on online platforms. He has received several awards including Tokyo Camera Club, Kansai Onaeba Reviewer Award and Nippon Camera Annual Award.

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Edited by Nikolaj Ahlefeldt