Well-known owner of Hachimonjiya, a local bar where Kyoto’s cultural figures congregate, Kai Fusayoshi has been an active photographer for the past 50 years. In KYOTOGRAPHIE 2020, Kai’s photographs of residents and visitors of the Kamogawa River will be on display at three outdoor locations near the river’s confluence, including children’s play, inviting the viewer to a different dimension. Also set by the Kamogawa, this year’s exhibition is reminiscent of the Blue Sky guerrilla photography exhibition which Kai held in the 1970’s. Kai has published 14 photo collections on the theme of “feminine beauty”, and is renowned for his female portraits,100 of which will be on display in the aerial pathway at Kyoto Station.
- Kai Fusayoshi
- Photographer, writer, proprietor of Bar Hachimonjiya, born 1949 in Oita. Began taking photos at age eleven. Withdrawing from Politic studies at Doshisha University in 1968, Kai has been actively photographing city life in Kyoto for fifty years. His acclaimed images of “everything Kyoto”—children, old people, roji alleys, changing lifestyles and cityscapes—find complement in his on-going portrait series of local beauties, now up to 14 volumes. From 1972, Kai devoted himself to making the coffeehouse Honyarado a Kyoto landmark, and in 1977 published his first photobook Kyoto Demachi about the neighbourhood. In 1978, he held a solo show at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and in 1985 he opened Bar Hachimonjiya, which soon became a hangout for regulars on the Kyoto cultural scene. Since the 1990s, he has contributed regular columns to the Kyoto Shimbun newspaper, and Among his over 40 publications are the photobooks Alleys of Kyoto, Beautiful Women in Kyoto, Children of Kyoto and Kyoto Neko Machi Blues. Kai is a recipient of the 2009 Kyoto Art and Culture Award and the Société des Beaux-Arts 2014 Jean Larivière Prix.