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The 108th Exhibition Ikko Tanaka Man and Writing May 8 - 30 ,1995

Gathering materials for the Morisawa Co., Ltd. calendar with man and writing as a theme began with photographing the grafitti in New York's Soho. In my case, my initial contact came from a very simple curiosity about why mankind came to have letters. As my coverage spread to Egypt, Greece and Etruria, I began to realize what an incredible world I had stumbled into. In the case of Japan, it was a very simple process of importing characters from China and developing the Japanese syllabaries from them. With Thai writing, however, be it in the same Asia, one has to go back to the same branches and trunks that gave birth to the alphabet, its origins. In any case, for 12 years, I have wandered through the forests of many forms of writing unable to turn back from a much too deep investigation into writings.
Ikko Tanaka

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