John L. Tran

For John L. Tran's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Searching for life's little miracles

Feb 5, 2014

Searching for life's little miracles

Harumichi Saito's "Treasures" is an exhibition that aims to be life affirming, particularly for those people considered outside the mainstream in term of physical abilities.

It’s ‘otherness’ that helps define ‘self’

Jan 29, 2014

It’s ‘otherness’ that helps define ‘self’

For better or worse, in contemporary art it is common to see male photographers tend toward featuring landscapes and objects, and female photographers working on problems of shifting identities, family and the body. In this respect there is a strong lineage for Ayaka Yamamoto’s ...

Josef Koudelka:  the theatrics of life

Dec 18, 2013

Josef Koudelka: the theatrics of life

Wild white hair and beard, but dressed in a drab, olive shirt and combat jacket, Josef Koudelka is like a guerrilla Father Christmas. Wearing scuffed shoes, and with a roughly unceremonious joviality, the Czech photographer appears uncomfortable being stalked around his exhibition by dozens ...