Self and Others
- Director: SATO Makoto
2000 Japanese Subtitled in - Color 16mm 53 min
Production Company: Eurospace
Producer: HORIKOSHI Kenzo
Photography: TAMURA Masaki
Editing: MIYAGI Shigeo
Sound: KIKUCHI Nobuyuki
International Sales: Eurospace
24-2-7F Sakuragaoka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0031, JAPAN
[Festivals and prizes] Yamagata IDFF 2001, Gwangju International FF
[Synopsis] Creative collage of images presents the biography of a photographer and his art.
Gocho Shigeo died in 1983 at the age of 36. He left three books of photography, one entitled Self and Others. It was a series of portraits of ordinary people around him, nothing flashy or glamorous. Yet there was something about his photographs that gradually grew on people over the years. Through a collage of delicate images and sounds, beautifully shot by Tamura Masaki and recorded by Kikuchi Nobuyuki, the film captures the essence of Gocho’s work, the fatal moment when the shutter comes down and Self (the photographer) and the Other (the subject? the viewer?) are brought together.
Born in Hirosaki city, Aomori in 1957. Assistant director for The Innocent Sea in 1981. Lived with his film crew for Living on the River Agano from 1988 until its completion in 1992, and this became his debut film as director. It won a number of awards around the world including the Prize for Excellence at YIDFF ’93. His second film Artists in Wonderland (1998) celebrates the world of artists with mental disabilities. Works in numerous fields such as editing, TV production, and writing. Currently teaches documentary at several schools. Has just published a two-volume book on documentary.