Lot 39
Yuichi Hibi


Silver gelatin print
24 x 20 inches
Signed on verso
Edition 1 of 10
Donated by Evan Mirapaul

Moving to New York City 1988 from Japan, Yuichi Hibi found the city alienating, akin to the way the city appears in Taxi Driver, a film he had seen as a teenager in Japan. In this image, a woman in a black dress seems to lean away from us, into a cloud of smoke of fog behind her, obscuring her face. The photograph echoes isolation of being an outsider, alongside the mesmerizing quality of the night, and the way shadows and figures can become dreamlike or cinematic in their movements and presentation. Born in Nagoya in 1964, Hibi has lived in New York since 1988. Trained as an actor and filmmaker, he began making still photographs shortly after his arrival in the United States. As a filmmaker, Hibi directed a feature documentary, A Weekend with Mr. Frank, about world-renowned photographer Robert Frank with co-producer/editor Ross Kauffman. Hibi has exhibited at the International Center of Photography in New York, Paris Photo in Paris, Arts Labor Gallery in Shanghai, and he has an impressive bibliography of published works.

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