Things that changed photography

Jul 28, 2015

Things that changed photography

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In the late 1960s, the mono-ha (school of things) movement arose from the Japanese art-school scene, with the Korean-born artist Lee Ufan — who went from the philosophy department at Nihon University to teaching at Tama Art University — as its most renowned proponent. ...

Still photography that will always remain moving

Dec 11, 2014

Still photography that will always remain moving

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In the late 1950s, after having studied law and while pursuing a masters degree in art history, Ikko Narahara took two series of images that depicted groups of people at the extreme edges of society. One was of a woman’s prison in Wakayama Prefecture ...

'Narahara Ikko: Domains'

Nov 13, 2014

'Narahara Ikko: Domains'

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It has been 56 years since photographer Ikko Narahara’s early masterpiece “Oukoku (Kingdom)” (1958) has been shown in Tokyo. This collection of images, “Domains” was first published in 1958, and features photographs taken at a monastery alongside those taken at a women’s prison — ...

'Josef Koudelka Retrospective'

Nov 6, 2013

'Josef Koudelka Retrospective'

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Josef Koudelka is one of today’s most well-respected photographers, known especially for the gritty and authentic depictions of everyday life in his two series documenting underprivileged classes: “Gypsies” and “Exiles.” His career began in Czechoslovakia during the 1960s, when he first gained attention for ...

Crawling through the mud in style

Jul 24, 2013

Crawling through the mud in style

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It’s quite fitting that the major Osamu Suzuki (1926-2001) retrospective, the first since the ceramicist’s passing, is taking place at The National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, the hometown of the artist. Suzuki was one of Japan’s most important ceramic artists of the ...

Surveying the city from a different viewpoint

Jul 10, 2013

Surveying the city from a different viewpoint

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Beside Stephan Balkenhol’s sculpture “Big Head with Three Part Relief” a note reads, “Nothing here is as it should be.” This figureless “head” set against a black void represents “Mr. Everyman,” that common figure, detached from his surround and considering his place in the ...