Akaaka, 2013. First edition. Clothbound embossing title and artist name, with a box, 297 x 420 mm, 400 pp., illustrated throughout. Photographs by Jin Ohashi. Text by Nobuyoshi Araki. Design by Chikako Yamamoto. Note: small scratch on front cover.
Shortlisted for PhotoBook of the Year | Paris-Photo Aperture Foundation Awards 2013
"I think the fact that life starts--and each person starts his or her own life--to me means that everyone has a calling," says Ohashi. "We are all led to take our seat at a particular place, which is already prepared for us ... At this moment, I am alive in this world, where we all are alive. I wanted to take my seat at that place."
Surrendered Myself to the Chair of Life challenges us to look at the place where we live, the place where life begins. A fundamental body of work, it reflects the life of an individual rather than society as a whole. By exploring the last frontiers of life, new meanings can be created through the formation of relationships with others. It is this exploration that makes Ohashi's work multi-layered and real.
"Jin Ohashi has a natural instinct for photography. He really is in a class of his own" — Nobuyoshi Araki