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


1955 Born in Osaka, Japan
1981 Graduate of Department of Photography, Osaka Shasin Senmongakko (currently Osaka Visual Arts)
1982 Work for the Butoh Dance Group ‘Byakkosya’(-1994)
1983-86 Organize the Shashin Jyuku
1986-1988 Be staff of Little Gallery
2006 Organize the Publisher named VACUUM PRESS
2013 Awarded the 25th Shashin-no-kai Award
Lives in Osaka, Japan

Selected solo exhibitions

2018 Byakkosha. The Third Gallery Aya, Osaka, Japan
2017 Photo Letters. The Third Gallery Aya, Osaka, Japan
2016 1981. Gallery 722, Okayama, Japan
CREATURES. The Third Gallery Aya, Osaka, Japan
1981. Visual Arts Gallery, Osaka, Japan
2013 Awarded Exhibition of Shashin-no-kai Award-Citizens, Black & White Note and Black & White Note2. Place M, Tokyo, Japan
2012 Citizens/1983. Gallery Niepce, Tokyo, Japan
CITIZENS. The Third Gallery Aya, Osaka, Japan
2006 Black & White Note; Box. gallery 10:06, Osaka, Japan
2004 CITY. Visual Arts Gallery, Osaka, Japan
2002 Black & White Note. Visual Arts Gallery, Osaka, Japan
1998 Infinite-point. COSMO GALLERY, Osaka, Japan
1997 Citizens. COSMO GALLERY, Osaka, Japan
Stray Child Theory. COSMO GALLERY, Osaka, Japan
1989 Citizens. Picture Photo Space, Osaka, Japan
Creatures. Picture Photo Space, Osaka, Japan

Group Exhibitions

2022 The Wild Eighties. Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
2019 Animails. Vacuum Gallery, Osaka, Japan
2018 Chihei/Horizon. Case, Tokyo, Visual Arts Gallery, Osaka

2015 Fascination of Monochrome Street Snapshots. Irie Taikichi Memorial Museum of Photography Nara City, Nara, Japan
The 2nd Photographers Brigade Without Borders. Hatten Gallery, Osaka, Japan
2014 Foto Istanbul 2014. Istanbul, Turkey
2007 The 30th anniversary Photo Street-Super Session. Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe, Japan
1997 The 20th anniversary Photo Street-Super Session. Himeji City Museum of Art, Himeji, Japan
1995 Views from Japan. Tucson, AZ
1994 Creatures. Kathleen Ewing Gallery, Washington D.C.
1984 Photography Now. Osaka Prefectural Contemporary Art Center, Osaka, Japan

Art Fair

2018 Paris Photo2018. Grand Palis, Paris, France
2016 daikanyama photo fair 2016. Daikanyama Hillside Terrace, Tokyo, Japan
2013 Paris Photo 2013. Grand Palais, Paris, France


2021 Black & White Note 3. Osaka: VACUUM PRESS
2020 2002. Osaka: VACUUM PRESS
2002 Naha,Koza. Osaka: VACUUM PRESS
2019 Civil Society. Osaka: VACUUM PRESS
Chihei/Horizon Vol.12. Tokyo: Case Publishing
2018 2016(top). Osaka: VACUUM PRESS
2016(bottom). Osaka: VACUUM PRESS
Chihei/Horizon Vol.11. Tokyo: Case Publishing
2017 New York. Osaka: VACUUM PRESS
2016 1981 Kobe. Osaka: VACUUM PRESS
2015 1981(top). Osaka: VACUUM PRESS
1981(bottom). Osaka: VACUUM PRESS
2014 Pusan. Osaka: VACUUM PRESS
2013 2001. Osaka: VACUUM PRESS
2012 Black & White Note 2.Osaka: VACUUM PRESS
2010 Black & White Note. Osaka: VACUUM PRESS
2009 Citizens. Osaka: VACUUM PRESS
2007 Osaka. Osaka: VACUUM PRESS
1993 HORIZON. Osaka: Osaka Syashin Senmon Gakko
1989 Creatures. Village Press
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