Haruhiko Kawaguchi (Photographer Hal)

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“I want to capture love as it really is and the bathtub is an ideal vehicle to encapsulate the vivid reality in my images.  A grand theme in mankind is Love and I, Photographer Hal, am challenging the majestic theme!”

Also known as Photographer Hal, Haruhiko Kawaguchi was born and educated in Tokyo, Japan where he is based.  “Living through my university days, I was starving for encounters with different people from other cultures around the world.  As soon as I had the opportunity, I left Japan and began my journey with a special focus in the Middle East and India.  It was there where I first became aware of my passion for photography.  The camera became the key to overcoming shyness and limited local language skills and I could in some way communicate with the people I met.  After graduating from university, I joined an advertising production company in Tokyo and this opportunity enabled me to acquire a much wider set of photographic skills.  The assignments were varied and unique including celebrates and established fashion icons.  It was the crucible of my technical ability and the focus in my work soon became the people”

Bathtubs, couples, love and challenge are strong themes found throughout Photographer Hal’s works with many key elements including individuality, style, communication and intimacy.  Photographer Hal brings complete strangers to his confined, crucible like spaces only to convey his continuing theme of 「love of the couple」.  The initial title 《Pinky & Killer》 used a small space or room to capture the willing couples, soon followed by the title 《Couple Jam》 which brought the focus even closer to the subjects who were placed in a bathtub together. “I want to capture love as it really is and the bathtub is an ideal vehicle to encapsulate the vivid reality in my images….” “I am currently seeking new dimensions in portrait photography by challenging the majestic theme of mankind, defined through love.”  Photographer Hal’s latest project is called 《Flesh Love Returns》, which captures the many varied and fresh couples in vacuum sealed package at a place which is important for them.

A very different angle visually and content wise can be found in Photographer Hal’s ongoing black-and-white series ‘?’, which body of work acts as an attempt to display the artist’s personal point of view of the current chaotic information society. “The subject of my camera work is whatever that makes me go ‘?’. By looking back at all the ‘?’ that I’ve captured, I believe that I get to understand the world in a deeper level.”

Photographer Hal has had several solo and group exhibitions in Japan as well as in the US, Taiwan, Canada, Australia, France and the Netherlands. His work is in the Japanese contemporary art collection of the renowned art collector of African and Japanese art, Jean Pigozzi.


Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2015  HAL.  Ibasho Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
  • 2014  Zatsuran.      Nikon Salon, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2013  Flesh Love.  1839 Contemporary Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2013  Flesh Love.  Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR, United States
  • 2012  Flesh Love.  Gallery Tanto Tempo, Kobe, Japan
  • 2011  Flesh Love   Gallery Tosei, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2011  Flesh Love.  Nikon Salon, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2009  Couple Jam. Gallery Tosei, Tokyo
  • 2008  Pinky & Killer DX. Mememachine Gallery, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2005  Pinky & Killer Golden Nagune.   Golden Town, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2000  Funky. Rosso,        Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2013  Transformer. The Body Remixed.         Gallery SAW Gallery, Ottawa, Canada
  • 2012  New Directions – Crossing Territories.  WWall Space Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA, United States
  • 2010  Group Exhibition – Sound of Photography,     Seibu, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2009  Group Exhibition – Jeune Photographie Japonaise.    Galerie de la Gare, Paris, France

Publications

  • 2016  Flesh Love Returns Publication.  Publisher – Tosei-Sha, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2014  Zatsuran Publication.        Publisher – Tosei-Sha, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2011  Flesh Love Publication.    Publisher – Tosei-Sha, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2011  Flesh Love for iPad Application
  • 2009  Couple Jam Publication.   Publisher – Tosei-Sha, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2007  Pinky & Killer DX Publication.   Publisher – Tosei-Sha, Tokyo, Japan

Collections

  • 2011  JAPIGOZZI Collection      “Flesh Love”
  • 2009  JAPIGOZZI Collection      “Couple Jam’