Photo Letters


May 9 – 31, 2017
12:00-19:00/Tue-Fri 12:00-17:00/Sat 
Closed on Sun and Mon

The Third Gallery Aya is very pleased to announce a solo show titled “Photo Letters” by ABE Jun.

Did you know that there used to be photographic paper in postcard size? This enabled you to develop your own photographs and mail them as postcards.

Abe Jun sent such photograph-postcards to Studio Scene a few times per a week, in this manner from July 5, 1982 to March 13, 1984, and again from May 1997 to February 2000.

This postcard project is reminiscent of the work of Kawara On, but unlike On’s conceptual exploration of self-identity and the passage of time, Abe’s works seem to express enjoyment not only of taking photographs but also of distributing them through the postal system.

A lot of the important images from his major series are included in these Photo Letters.

This series, which is filled with the pleasure in playing with photography that lies at the root of Abe’s work, is among his most important. By exhibiting these photos for the first time in a long time, we aim to convey an overall picture of Abe’s Photo Letters.

Abe Jun


Born in Osaka, Japan 1955
Lives in Osaka, Japan

Graduate of Department of Photography, Osaka Shasin Senmongakko (currently Visual Arts Osaka)

1982 Work for the Butoh Dance Group ‘Byakkosya’(-1994)
1995 Faculty of Visual Arts Osaka
2013 Awarded the 25th Shashin-no-kai Award

Selected solo exhibitions

2016 “1981” Gallery 722, Okayama
"CREATURES" The Third Gallery Aya, Osaka
“1981” Visual Arts Gallery, Osaka
2013 “Awarded Exhibition of Shashin-no-kai Award-Citizens, Black & White Note and Black & White Note2 ” Place M, Tokyo
“Citizens/1983” Gallery Niepce, Tokyo
2012 "CITIZENS" The Third Gallery Aya, Osaka
2006 "Black & White Note; Box" gallery 10:06, Osaka
2004 "CITY" Visual Arts Gallery, Osaka
2002 "Black & White Note" Visual Arts Gallery, Osaka
1998 "Infinite-point" COSMO GALLERY, Osaka
1997 "Citizens, Stray Child Theory" COSMO GALLERY, Osaka
1989 "Citizens, Creatures" Picture Photo Space, Osaka

Group Exhibitions

2018 "Chihei", CASE Tokyo
2016 "daikanyama photo fair 2016", Daikanyama Hillside Terrace, Tokyo
2015 "Fascination of Monochrome Street Snapshots", Irie Taikichi Memorial Museum of Photography
"The 2nd Photographers Brigade Without Borders", Hatten Gallery, Osaka
2014 "Istanbul Photo Bienale", Istanbul
2013 "Paris Photo 2013", Grand Palais, Paris
2007 “The 30th anniversary Photo Street-Super Session”, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art
1997 “The 20th anniversary Photo Street-Super Session”, Himeji City Museum of Art, Hyogo
1995 “Views from Japan”, Tucson, Arizona
1994 “Creatures”, Kathleen Ewing Gallery, Washington D.C.
1984 “Photography Now”, Osaka Prefectural Contemporary Art Center


2018 “2016(top)” VACUUM PRESS
“2016(bottom)” VACUUM PRESS
2016 "1981 Kobe" VACUUM PRESS
2015 “1981(top)” VACUUM PRESS
“1981(bottom)” VACUUM PRESS
2014 “Pusan”VACUUM PRESS
2013 "2001" VACUUM PRESS
2012 "Black & White Note 2" VACUUM PRESS
2010 "Black & White Note" VACUUM PRESS
2009 "Citizens" VACUUM PRESS
2007 "Osaka" VACUUM PRESS
1993 "HORIZON" joint authership
1989 "Creatures" Village Press
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