Yoram Roth’s Photography exhibition Hanjo

Buying art for your home is probably the most difficult thing to do in interior styling. Or at least, I think it is. I have very strong feelings about what goes up on my walls. In my opinion it has to be something that either represents you, your lifestyle, be your own work, or it should be a piece of art that stole your heart the minute you saw it. It should excite you, inspire you, and stay interesting to you for years to come. I therefore loudly say “no” to a generic Ikea piece that just fits into your colour scheme but has no other value to you personally. I do have an Ikea print of Audrey Hepburn because I’m a huge fan and also have all her dvds. Hence, that makes it personal.

I experienced the ‘love at first sight’ with a piece of art when I went for coffee at the Park Hotel in Amsterdam earlier this month. The hotel was showcasing an exhibition by Yoram Roth, a Berlin based photographer. It was his ‘Hanjo‘ project: a Japanese Noh opera, retold photographically. The Noh opera is a famous 15th century play which was adapted by Yukio Mishima in 1952. The photos portray images of the characters within the story. The whole story plot can be read here.

The photo exhibition is accompanied by a limited edition book. I haven’t made up my mind yet whether to buy the book or one of the pieces, but it’s going to be either of the two for sure. I’m smitten by the fashion that was especially made for this production and the fashion angle of this project. It goes without mention that all photos are copyrighted but I would like to share them with you anyway so you can also admire and learn more about Yoram Roth and this fabulous project. My two favourite photos i would love to see on my wall are both full size with gorgeous fabrics and high fashion poses. Hard to choose…which one do you like best?

Hanjo photos


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3 thoughts on “Yoram Roth’s Photography exhibition Hanjo

  1. I love it! My favourite is the very first with the fan and the face half covered. Such expression on the face and lines from the kimono. I was taken to a Noh opera when I lived in Japan but I, frankly, could not understand it. I’m much more into the story in these pictures though.

  2. I tried to comment from my iPhone this morning.. but it didn’t let me:-)
    Anyway, these are stunning. I don’t know the photographer, so thank you for sharing.

    Whether you buy the book or get the print, I think you’ll love either! xx

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