A City Aglow is a warm, dizzying, up-close and overwhelming portrait of Thailand’s capital city of Bangkok, photographed by Japanese street-photographer Shunji Dodo during numerous visits between the mid-1980s and 2019. Drawing parallels to his experiences of downtown Osaka during his childhood after the war, Dodo became fascinated by Bangkok and the warmth, liveliness and ingenuity of its residents. Focusing on a single city, Dodo’s A City Aglow provides an encompassing, unweary look at life’s universal force to continue, no matter the circumstances.
Born in Osaka in 1947. Graduated from the Kyushu Sangyo University Faculty of Arts Department of Photography and became professor at the Tokyo Shashin Senmon Gakko the same year. Became a professor at the Osaka Shashin Senmon Gakko (now: Visual Arts College Osaka) in 1972, and became head of the school in 1998. In 2015 he was appointed head of the Irie Taikichi Memorial Museum of Photography in Nara City. Continues to engage in photography both as a photographer and as a photography educator. His photobook "A Radiant Land: Kii Peninsula" won the Annual Award of the Japan Photographic Society, his series "A Radiant Land with Thousands of Years" the Ina Nobuo Award. His photobook "Osaka" won the the 23rd Photographic Society Award and the 27th Higashikawa Prize’s Hidano Kazuemon Award.
Shunji Dodo: Chronology
1947 Born in Osaka Prefecture 1970 Graduate of Department of Photography, Kyushu Sangyo Universitiy 1970 Faculty of Tokyo Shoshin Senmongakko(currently Tokyo Visual Arts) 1972 Faculty of Osaka Shashin Senmongakko(currently Osaka Visual Arts) 1996 Awarded the Award of the Year by the Photographic Society of Japanfor Rakudo Kii Hanto (A Radiant Land:Kii Peninsula) 1998 Principal of Visual Arts Osaka 1999 Awarded the 24th Ina Nobuo Award for Sen-nen Rakudo（Thausand-year Paradise) 2007 Awarded the arts award by the Japan Society for Arts and Historiy of Photography 2011 Award the 23th shasinnoKai Award by the Photographic Society of Japan for Osaka 2011 Award the 27th Award of Higashikawa by the Photographic Society of Japan for Osaka 2015 Director appointed at Irie Taikichi Memoriaal Museum of Photography Nara City
Selected Solo Exhibitions
1978 OsakaTennoji / Nikon Salon, Ginza, Osaka 1985 Shinsekai Mukasimo Imamo / Nikon Salon, Ginza, Osaka 1992 Shuji Yuraku Bangkok (Bangkok, Pleasure of All living Things) / Nikon Salon, Ginza, Osaka (1999) 1995-1996 Rakudo Kii Hnto / Konica Plaza, Shinjuku, Osaka, Sapporo 1999 Sen-nen Rakudo / Nikon Salon, Ginza, Osaka 2000 Sen-nen Rakudo Kii Hanto / Nara Citiy Museum of Photography 2001 .com NEW YORK / Nikon Salon, Shinjuku 2003 Sarasoju / Arts Gallery 2006 Ha-ha / Gallery OUT of PLACE 2007 Ha-ha Vegetable Kitchen / gallery bauhaus, Tokyo 2007 Ha-Ha / Focale Galerie Locarno, Swizerland 2010 Osaka/ Gallery OUT of PLACE・ZEN FOTO GALLERY 2010 Osaka/ Nikon Salon, Ginza, Osaka And many others