Chie Hirabayashi

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The eerily haunting photographs of Chie Hirabayashi reflect the artist’s cultural background, love of literature, and life experiences. They appear like something out of a fevered dream, an “imbalanced collage of high-contrast hallucination and vague reality.” Using long time exposures and multiple exposures in post-processing, Hirabayashi presents a vision of a ghostly, ruptured world, surreally beautiful and infused with a sense of tranquil intensity. Hirabayashi is especially influenced by the work of two famous Japanese writers, Ryūnosuke Akutagawa and Kōbō Abe, and considers her photographs a form of visual poetry. Hirabayashi currently lives in Japan.

Featured Artworks
Rosebud
Mineral collection
House plant
1960s
A cat saw the wall

Chie Hirabayashi

Rosebud

Analog on Gelatin Silver
11" x 14"

The eerily haunting photographs of Chie Hirabayashi reflect the artist’s cultural background, love of literature, and life experiences. They appear like something out of a fevered dream, an “imbalanced collage of high-contrast hallucination and vague reality.” Using long time exposures and multiple exposures in post-processing, Hirabayashi presents a vision of a ghostly, ruptured world, surreally beautiful and infused with a sense of tranquil intensity. Hirabayashi is especially influenced by the work of two famous Japanese writers, Ryūnosuke Akutagawa and Kōbō Abe, and considers her photographs a form of visual poetry. Hirabayashi currently lives in Japan.

Rosebud

Analog on Gelatin Silver
11" x 14"

Mineral collection

Analog on Gelatin Silver
11" x 14"

House plant

Analog on Gelatin Silver
11" x 14"

1960s

Analog on Gelatin Silver
11" x 14"

A cat saw the wall

Analog on Gelatin Silver
11" x 14"

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View Chie Hirabayashi's Past Exhibitions

The Infinity of Thoughts
50" x 50" - Acrylic on Canvas