Takeshi Sumi

father and mother

father and mother

A photograph is a « document »


To « document » is, in other words, to « stop the flow of time ».

Usually, we cannot intervene in this process.


But I dare approach photography as a « fixed document » from the present moment.

It may be because of my Japanese background that I do so.

We the Japanese long for continuity and succession:

the Buddhist concept of « metempsychosis ».

Earthquakes, typhoons and wars had been threatening the stability of our material world. Man, who lives on air and swims in emptiness, is fated to fade away like a bubble. For his ephemerality, I love him. That is why I try to reach for it.


Marriage meeting

Marriage meeting

The shining « blank space » in my photographs.

We cannot recognize what exists there.

But, you will find « something » there as long as you are living.

And, I believe, that « something » should depend on the beholder.


Take the blank space on faces on a photograph.

For their presence, we are free to imagine how those faces would have looked like. At this very moment, that shining blank space on the photo will be freed from the limited role of documentation.

I, as a present being, will be able to slide into the image which captures a past moment.


It would be impossible to change what happened in the past.

But I would leave the image of the past to somebody now and here.


This encourages me to keep on taking photographs



Born in Kyoto in 1981



Bachelor of Art ‘Tama Art University ‘ ,Tokyo 2010

Bachelor of Literature’meiji University’,Tokyo 2004


■Solo Shows

2012 Look at the sky,Overland Gallery,Tokyo

2012 Flying in the Sky, Port Gallery T,Osaka

2011 Light is blank, Blanclass,Yokohama

2011 hikari(English meaning:Light),Port Gallery T,Osaka

2010 Meteorite,Gallery Akaruiheya(English meaning:Bright room),Tokyo


■Selected Group Shows/art fair

2012 Winter Group Show ,Satoshi Koyama Gallery,Tokyo

2012 no found photo fair,66 RUE DE TURENNE 75003 PARIS

2012 TOKYO PHOTO 2012,Tokyo Midtown Hall, ,Tokyo(Roppongi)

2012 Tokyo-Ga meets NYPH2012,111 Front Street,NY

2011 Tokyo-Ga(東京画),Gallery 21,Tokyo

2010 Exhibition New Cosmos of Photography, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum ofPhotography

2009 Exhibition New Cosmos of Photography, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography

2008 30th Hitotubo Exhibition,Ginza Guardian Garden,Tokyo



2012 『Fly in the sky』Libro Arte



2010 Selected: New Cosmos of Photography

2009 Selected: New Cosmos of Photography

2008 Selected:30th Hitotubo