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Personal Profile

 

    I have been fascinated with the Japanese traditional culture since my youth. I studied it academically, initially in Russia, where I was born and spent the first half of my life, and later in Japan where I have lived permanently for 20 years. I earned my Ph.D. in pre-modern Japanese history and published a number of academic articles and a monograph in the field. I also became a teacher of Japanese swordsmanship, Kendo. Quite late in my life, I have embarked on picturing Japan's nature and historical sites through fine art photography. I have been engaged in my artistic pursuits full-time since 2019.

   That being said, my photography is not preoccupied with stereotypical exotics, neither is it merely capturing things Japanese, however beautiful they might look. It is aimed at visualizing and reconnecting with the spirituality of ancient culture that, although often lacking in modern daily life, is  still accessible if we keep our hearts and minds open. I hope my images will serve as landmarks to this rich and meaningful cultural heritage.


Contact email:  anton@anshin.art

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