“The People by Kishin”


by Tomohiro Osaki

Staff Writer

Kishin Shinoyama has always been at the forefront of Japan’s photography industry. His perceptive insight and carefree disregard of social norms have made him both an admirable pursuer of avant-gardism and a target of conservative criticism. This exhibition is the first major retrospective of Shinoyama’s work in Japan — a major achievement given that he is known to have previously refused such a comprehensive showing of his images.

“What is the power of photography?” is a central question that underlies the exhibition, which brings together some of the most outstanding works from Shinoyama’s 50-year career; till Dec. 24

Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery; (03) 5353-0756; 3-20-2 Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo; Hatsudai Station, Keio New Line. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (Fri. and Sat. till 8:00 p.m.). ¥1,000. Closed Mon. www.operacity.jp.