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“Photography Today 4: In Their Persistent Endeavours to Meet the World”

THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, TOKYO

by Tomohiro Osaki

Staff Writer

This is the National Museum of Modern Art’s fourth exhibition aimed at introducing Japanese contemporary photography through the works of young up-and-coming and mid-career artists.

Since the 1970s, Japan has seen a rise in the number of artists who find ways to promote their own work, often opening their own galleries and generating funding for shows. Recently, artists have also taken advantage of the Internet and of social networks, which have allowed them to promote themselves online and reach a global crowd.

Self-motivated photographers who create their own promotional materials and events are the focus of this exhibition. Featured artists include Shinya Arimoto and Toshiya Murakoshi, who each run their own galleries in Tokyo; June 1-July 29.

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; (03) 5777 8600; 3-1, Kitanomaru Park, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; Takebashi Station, Tokyo Metro Tozai Line. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Fri. till 8 p.m.) ¥420. Closed Mon. www.momat.go.jp.