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Anatoliy Anshin
Yokohama, Japan

About the Artist

Anatoliy Anshin (Anton) is a fine art photographer who has been fascinated with the Japanese culture since his youth. He studied it academically, first in Russia, where he was born and spent the first half of his life, and later in Japan where he has lived permanently for 18 years. He earned his Ph.D. in pre-modern Japanese history and published a number of academic articles and a monograph in the field. He also became a teacher of Japanese swordsmanship, Kendo. Decades-long research and training have put Anton deeply in touch with the vast spiritual heritage that evolved both i…
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About the Artist

Anatoliy Anshin (Anton) is a fine art photographer who has been fascinated with the Japanese culture since his youth. He studied it academically, first in Russia, where he was born and spent the first half of his life, and later in Japan where he has lived permanently for 18 years. He earned his Ph.D. in pre-modern Japanese history and published a number of academic articles and a monograph in the field. He also became a teacher of Japanese swordsmanship, Kendo. Decades-long research and training have put Anton deeply in touch with the vast spiritual heritage that evolved both in Japan and other Asian countries in a span of over 2,000 years. This ancient culture was concerned mainly with the pursuit of the ideal state and balance of the body and mind, as well as a more fundamental theme of our connection with Nature and our place in the infinite Universe. All this has been largely forgotten with the advent of modern civilization. However, it has never been more necessary than now in the world where technology has come to dominate everything. Recognizing that truth is what inspires Anton’s photography. Anton considers his photography within the broader area of visual arts and one of his primary goals is to positively influence human hearts through artistic beauty. His motto is “no beauty – no art.” Anton’s main photography sites are old Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines where he can wander around for days in search of the picturesque blend of traditional culture with the natural environment of perfectly maintained Japanese gardens. However, Anton’s photography is not just about creating beautiful images of Japan’s historical objects or Nature. It is aimed at visualizing and reconnecting with the spirituality of ancient cultures that, although often lacking in our daily lives, are still accessible if we keep our hearts and minds open. The camera has become an indispensable part of himself, a tool that he uses for sharing with the others what he has absorbed with his body and soul during the years of his first-hand experience. Being a one-shot photographer, Anton does his best to avoid excessive post-production of digital photos. When he sets out on a photography trip, he determines only a general destination, such as for example “Hasedera temple of Kamakura,” or “Enoshima island,” but it is his rule not to decide in advance when, what, and how he will be shooting. There is always something unexpected awaiting him there. Every trip is a real adventure. None of his photos are staged and each piece is a work of art that was created intuitively right on the spot.

Artist’s Work

Saints and Sages
Compassion 6
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Compassion

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Pure and silent 2
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Pure and Silent

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Unfathomable depths 2
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Unfathomable Depths

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Pure motion 1 3
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Pure Motion 1

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The great buddha of kamakura 1 3
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The Great Buddha of Kamakura 1

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The great buddha of kamakura 2 3
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The Great Buddha of Kamakura 2

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Invaluable Moments
The moment of truth 3
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The Moment of Truth

By Anatoliy Anshin

Infinity
Infinity 1 2
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Infinity 1

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Unexplored Realms
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And Having Absorbed the Whole Universe in His Chest...

By Anatoliy Anshin

Unexplored realms 1 2
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Unexplored Realms 1

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Tranquility
Jumping into the universe 2
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Jumping Into the Universe

By Anatoliy Anshin

Infinite path 2
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Infinite Path

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The Ultimate Truth
Be yourself 6
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Be Yourself

By Anatoliy Anshin

Abstractions / Patterns
Lake ashinoko abstraction 7
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Lake Ashinoko Abstraction 7

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Lake ashinoko abstraction 8
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Lake Ashinoko Abstraction 8

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Lake ashinoko abstraction 2
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Lake Ashinoko Abstraction 2

By Anatoliy Anshin

Lake ashinoko abstraction 3
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Lake Ashinoko Abstraction 3

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Lake ashinoko abstraction 5
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Lake Ashinoko Abstraction 5

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Lake ashinoko abstraction 4
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Lake Ashinoko Abstraction 4

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Lake ashinoko abstraction 1
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Lake Ashinoko Abstraction 1

By Anatoliy Anshin

Lake ashinoko abstraction 6
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Lake Ashinoko Abstraction 6

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Sounji bamboo 2
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Sounji Bamboo 2

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Sounji bamboo 1
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Sounji Bamboo 1

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Selected Exhibitions

Press and Accolades

  • Photos published in Art & Literature Journal Art Ascent, Volume 42 “Grey,” pages 28-31 (Canada).
    April 2020
  • Photo published in Burningword Literary Journal, issue 95, p. 24 (USA).
    July 2020
  • Photos and interview published in Art Reveal Magazine, issue 54, pp. 18-23 (Germany).
    August 2020
  • Article published in municipal newspaper Town News, issue 2021-01-07 (Yokohama, Japan).
    January 2021

Education

  • The University of New South Wales, ADFA, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of History, Ph.D. in pre-modern Japanese History
    Canberra, Australia.,2009 
  • Chiba University, Graduate School of Human Sciences, Department of Japanese Culture Studies, M.A. in Japanese Culture Studies
    Chiba, Japan.,2005 
  • Moscow State University, the Institute of Asian and African Studies, B.A. in Asian Studies
    Moscow, Russia.,1997