From the smallest leaf: Photographs by Koichiro Kurita

  • Share II, 2011 (Montville, Maine) Platinum palladium  print 24 x 30 inches
  • Share V, 2012 (Beddington, Maine) Platinum palladium  print 8 x 10 inches
  • Snow Slope II, 2013 (Montville, Maine) Albumen print on Japanese gambit paper from Talbotype paper negative 8 x 10 inches
  • Maine Coast, 1991 (Pemaquid Point, Maine) Platinum palladium  print 8 x 10 inches / 24 x 30 inches
  • A Leaf in Ice, 1991 (Baxter State Park) Platinum paladium print 10 x 8 inches
  • Floating Leaves, 1998, (Boundary Waters, Minnesota), platinum palladium print, 30 x 24 inches
April 16, 2016 - September 11, 2016
Crosman Gallery

Born in Manchuria in 1943 and educated in Japan, Koichiro Kurita worked as a young man for a Tokyo advertising agency before becoming an independent commercial photographer. At forty years old, moved by his reading of Thoreau’s Walden, Koichiro Kurita directed his photography away from commercial work and toward meditative expressions of his connection to nature.

Kurita now focuses  upon his impressions of the natural world--quiet New England woodlands, remote Boundary Waters lakes and rocks of Minnesota and Canada, and natural features of California and Japan--extracting poetic details from the greater landscape, and conveying these impressions by way of monochromatic prints, the result of platinum palladium, albumen and salt printing processes on Japanese and other papers. This selection of his Maine photographs encompasses nature as Kurita sees it in terms of “Chi Sui Ki,” or earth, water and air, and the borders that each of these realms share with one another and ourselves.

The exclusive media sponsor of the exhibition is Maine Home + Design