Yasuko Noguchi’s “Garden of the Red Light” celebrates the joy of existence in street photographs taken in and around Osaka. Each of the square black-and-white photographs depicts some kind of peculiarity, idiosyncracy, moment of significance or visual noteworthiness but viewed in sequence, the pages of “Garden of the Red Light” form a dazzling and multifaceted profile of contemporary life within the interlocking chaos of a giant metropolis.
“Rather than trying to say everything in a single image, in recent years I have been drawn to photographs latent with meaning, allowing me to express complex things in layers.
The square is not a format natural to the eye; its way of viewing the world is unique to the camera. Akin to a magic circle, the photographic square is able to summon many meanings or unleash them into all directions (…)
My ultimate goal in pursuing photography is to capture and express the radiating existence of every person, and the fact that existing alone is already a joy unto itself.”
― from the artist’s statement