Hisaji Hara Finding Balthus in the Fog

For this series of beautiful, monochrome portraits Hisaji Hara has modelled his photographic compositions upon paintings by Balthus (1908-2001), one of the most revered and controversial artists of the twentieth century.

In the style of the Modern Masters, Hara creates scenes imbued with an unsettling combination of innocence and eroticism. The models have the light, unselfconscious attitudes of playful children and yet their postures invite the eye to see them as sexual young women. Moreover, in reinventing the pictures, Hisaji Hara has chosen to dress his teenage subjects in school uniform, thereby emphasizing the uncomfortable transitional period between child and adulthood. We feel as if we are the quiet, almost intrusive voyeurs to moments of youthful innocence.

All images © courtesy of Hisaji Hara

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