SAGE Paris presents from January 2nd to March 28th 2015 a body of vintage prints of Ordeal by Roses by Eikoh Hosoe. This series is the result of a unique collaboration between Eikoh Hosoe, one of the most influential photographers of the history of Japanese postwar photography, and celebrated author Yukio Mishima. Featuring the author himself in this staging which comes close to a photographic performance, Hosoe unveils the very essence of things and ponders identity.
Eikoh Hosoe started his career as a photographer in the 1950s, whilst Japanese society was booming. He quickly abandoned the documentary style prevalent in the post-war years, moving towards a work that breathed a sense of experimentation and freedom into photography. He developed a unique style at the crossroads of different art forms, combining photography with elements of nature, theatre, dance and cinema.