March 2019

追思須田一政(1940 – 2019)
In Memory of Suda Issei (1940 – 2019)

須田一政 Suda Issei, Clipped, 1973

2019年3月7日,我們敬愛的攝影家須田一政離世。自2012年,亦安畫廊北京展示了「風姿花傳」,我們一共合作了六檔展覽,包括兩檔於台北舉辦的「景」(群展)與「台北吉祥」(個展)。八年之間,我和身體已虛弱多病的須田老師見面並不多,時間也不長。但須田總用很微弱的聲音,和我述說他正在拍攝的新系列的想法。

我喜歡去須田家。說真的,那是一個細微的家,我在裡面也會變得拘謹。我喜歡坐的挺直地同時,用眼睛一一偷瞄須田正在閱讀的書籍、聽的音樂。須田是好學的人,永遠都正在閱讀新的書籍,但他對古典文學、音樂、詩詞、漢學、西方哲學的熱愛,也可從他的藏書中看出。有時候我覺得這個距離感很好,就像面對須田的作品時,那種你必須觀察、體會的一種傷感。而他的生活面貌正如同他的作品,他有非常前衛的系列與嘗試,也同時有非常古典的系列與特質。

須田的生命和攝影緊緊地結合在一起。他的作品就是所有他的呈現,你可以明白這種結合是一種極致,尤其在他晚期作品當中。從這兒回頭去看,他的作品清晰表達一個生為人類的一生的節奏與起伏,一方面那麼沈重,一方面那麼具精神性-須田完整且完全地以藝術家經歷了這個一生。

On March 7, 2019, our beloved photographer, Suda Issei, passed away. Since his exhibition “Fushi Kaden” at aura gallery beijing in 2012, we have collaborated on six exhibitions, including “View” (group exhibition) and “Taipei Kissyo” (solo exhibition) held in Taipei. In the past eight years, I have had only a few short meetings with Mr. Suda, who through this time was already unwell in health. Suda always shared his new ideas on photography with me through a very weak voice.

I liked to visit Suda. His was a subtle home, and I would become cautious in it. I sit up straight, meanwhile, my eyes would sneak at the books and music that Suda collected. Suda was a well-educated person who was always reading new books. His love of classical literature, music, poetry, sinology, and Western philosophy can also be seen in his collection. Sometimes I would say that it was good to have this sense of distance, just like the kind of sadness you have to observe and experience when facing Suda’s photography. His life was just like his works; photography series that were avant-garde and experimental, and others that possessed classical characteristics.

The life and photography of Suda were tightly integrated. His work is the presentation of himself. You can see this mixture is actually the ultimate, especially in his late works. Looking back from here, his works clearly express the rhythms and ups-and-downs of a life born as a human being. On the one hand, it is so heavy; on the other hand, it is so spiritual – Suda Issei completely and entirely experienced life as an inspired artist.