Ten Thousand Gateways, Japan

by Lisa Kristine


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DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 30.0 x 40.0 in./ 76.2 x 101.6 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed and numbered 3/25
MEDIUM: Photograph, archival pigment print on paper

Catalogue No: 4568 Categories: ,

This photograph captures a traditionally dressed Japanese woman walking through the pathway of gates up to the sacred Shinto Shrine. In Japan, torii gates, like the ones you see in this image, are a pathway or entrance to the Shinto shrine; it is a boundary between the secular world and the holy realm. When one walks through the torii gate, one has stepped into the domain of the deity. The Fushimi Inari path is unforgettable for its thousands of vermilion torii gateways which lead through a forest beneath the sacred Mount Inari. It is no small experience to be enveloped by the 10,000 gateways of ember and to be with the people of Japan who so treasure their shrines. Here, Kristine has provided the viewer with the simultaneous feelings of enormity and peacefulness that arise walking to this ancient, sacred temple.

We know from the memoirs of Augustus John that students of fine art at the Slade School were sent off regularly to the National Gallery to study the work of the old masters in detail.  This pedagogy was supplemented with visits to the Royal Academy winter shows, the Burlington Fine Arts Club and Guildhall Art Gallery old master exhibitions. In Orpen’s student years and immediately after there was a sudden surge of interest in Dutch and Spanish 17th Century painting.

Beyond Rembrandt and Hals, the keen student would have absorbed the neat, middle class homes of Holland, depicted in the work of Terborch, Metsu, Vermeer and De Hooch, in which wealthy merchants quietly accumulated wealth and possessions. Protestants who abjured the cavalier swagger of Van Dyck’s English sitters had more in common with those who would emerge from the shadows to patronize Orpen and his contemporaries at the turn of the 20th Century.


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A master storyteller, Lisa Kristine documents indigenous cultures in more than 100 countries, on six continents, instinctively identifying the universal human dignity in all of us. Awakening compassion and igniting action in a worldwide audience with

powerful, broad-sweeping images of courage and suffering, as well as intimate portrayals of human relationships. Lisa’s mission is to elevate the profile of significant social causes; especially that of slavery. Her work touches the viewer’s heart, and moves us to act. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who has endorsed Lisa’s work, said of her photographs that;

“…We see dignity despite the dire and desperate circumstances. Her work commands a respectful connection between the viewer and the subject, insisting we acknowledge

the plights of those in bondage, and allowing us to raise a hand to help.”


Lisa was the sole exhibitor at the 2009 Vancouver Peace Summit, attended by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other prominent Nobel Prize winners. Lisa has enabled facilitated change for many of the causes that she champions. Christie’s New York, in celebration with Kofi Annan, has auctioned her images to benefit the United Nations. Furthermore, the Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Queen Mother of Bhutan and Amnesty International, have all both endorsed her work.


In 2013, Lisa was the recipient for the Lucie Foundation’s 2013 Humanitarian Award that recognizes achievements of master photographers. Her photographs inspired the Make a Stand Lemonade movement, which has raised more than a million US dollars and has enlightened the awareness of over 100 million people towards the cause for eradication of modern day slavery. In December 2014 she was invited to the Vatican to join Pope Francis and 25 of the world’s faith leaders who signed the declaration to eradicate slavery by 2020.


Lisa has gained broad recognition for her collaboration with the NGO Free the Slaves. Her breath-taking body of slavery related photographic work; is brought together in ‘Slavery,’ published in 2010. Lisa has received global attention for shining a light on contemporary slavery across media platforms, including CNN and Reuters, speaking at TED events, museums, NGO’s, business conferences, colleges and universities.  Her countless accolades and achievements are testament to the beauty of the photographs she takes, as well as the power of her humanitarian work. She has published 5 books and has been the subject of 4 documentaries. Her work on Slavery has been featured in three films released in 2014. One of these films, SOLD the movie, made by Oscar Award winning team, Emma Thompson and Jeffrey Brown, includes a character inspired by Lisa and played by Gillian Anderson.


Lisa Kristine’s work not only brings taboo social atrocities to light, but also has a softer side. Images such as this one provide a window into some of the most beautiful places on earth, and are always a celebration of colour.


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