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Noguchi Rika

Mostly the human figure is absent from Noguchi’s photographs. In “Marabu” (2005) the

large stork became the subject of a series that was shot in Germany. Normally living in flocks in

Africa, the marabou is unmistakable due to its size, bare head and neck, black back, and white

underbelly. Noguchi photographed the bird at the Berlin Zoo and used a pinhole camera for the

series, which produced a hazy halo that surrounds the exotic bird in the images. The camera

produces a circle of confusion (CoC)—the part of an image that is acceptably sharp-resulting

in an ambiguous two-legged form constrained to an unmarked moment in an unknown place.