三島由紀夫のホモエロティシズム写真作品 © 細江英公 MISHIMA Yukio's homoerotic photoworks © Eikoh Hosoe
On 24th of November 2018 I attended the talk session with artistic photographer Eikoh Hosoe 細江英公 and photography historian, former curator at the Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Ryuichi Kaneko 金子隆一.
After their dialogue, the audience (around 35 people) had the opportunity to ask questions. I stood up and asked Mr. Hosoe in Japanese, who, in concrete terms, has the copyright 著作権 on the homoerotic photographs he took of novelist MISHIMA Yukio 三島由紀夫? Hosoe’s straight answer was:”I, Hosoe myself, own the copyright of MISHIMA Yukio’s photographs.”
This art historically important fact I would like to share with the readers.
Personally, amongst all the artistic photographic works by Eikoh Hosoe, I like his series “Kamaitachi” 鎌鼬 with Butoh dancer HIJIKATA Tatsumi 土方 巽 the most (= above photo with Hosoe & me).
True masterpieces in the history of artistic photography.
Attached are Hosoe’s homoerotic works of MISHIMA Yukio, called BARAKEI 薔薇刑 (Ordeal by Roses), shown in the permanent collection of The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo 東京国立近代美術館 MOMAT.
Tokyo, 17th of December 2018
Through google, further pics are available to see via the internet. HOSOES’s master work “Ordeal by Roses” documenting the homosexuality of MISHIMA Yukio.
Wall: Eikoh HOSOE “Embrace #48” 1970, Digital Pigment Print, 150 x 188 cm, Edition 3
Dear Mr. Jan von Adlmann,
Enclosed is a picture for your collection which was once printed in a Japanese magazine.
I am very happy to hear you are coming to Japan soon. I like to know your itinerary and hotel as soon as it will be fixed up, since my schedule will be not always free and in the case of your phone-call my servant does not speak English. I think it would be the best way to contact you that I’ll call you on the phone to your hotel as soon as you’ll arrive in Japan.
Saint Sebastian is the very, very peculiar theme in Japan, this non-catholic country. I am sure you could have very seldom opportunity to talk about the theme in Japan.
30 March 1970
Thank you very much for your beautiful St. Sebastian.
There is a lyricism of brutality. Your Sebastian seems to be shot by arrows as every part of his body where was particularly loved and admired.
Enclosed are pictures in process of HARAKIRI, but the entrails’ scene was cut by censorship on the film.
I am going to be out of town from tomorrow up to 12th of June. Please do not write at my absence. I do expect your next letter at the middle of June.
10 April 1967
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