Kids' stuff that adults need to see

Jun 25, 2014

Kids' stuff that adults need to see

by John L. Tran

Perhaps in the wake of this attack on seriousness, many artists have since taken refuge in childishness, whimsy or playfulness, though these values have been carefully rationed in "Go-Betweens: The World Seen through Children," with the emphasis being more on showing childhood as a ...

Tokihiro Sato: A breath of fresh photography

Jun 4, 2014

Tokihiro Sato: A breath of fresh photography

by John L. Tran

Using a penlight at night and a mirror during the day, the photographs in Tokihiro Sato's "Photo-Respiration" series show trails or spots of light in darkened landscapes, of which probably the most audacious are scenes of central Tokyo.

Photo series charts the family unit in changing Japan

May 30, 2014

Photo series charts the family unit in changing Japan

by Mark Schilling

Family photos in Japan, especially ones taken for formal occasions such as shichi-go-san (seven-five-three) ceremonies, are often as stiffly posed as 19th-century tintypes, with Mom, Dad and Junior never cracking a smile. When American photographer Bruce Osborn began taking photos of parents and children ...

Pro photographers let dogs have their day

May 26, 2014

Pro photographers let dogs have their day

by Sue Manning

It takes more than a squeaky toy and a camera to capture memorable pet portraits. Professional pet photographers in the increasingly competitive business quiz owners about their dogs’ personalities, find the ideal setting and use favorite toys to bring out the best in the ...

Couple care for Tama cats cast off by society

May 16, 2014

Couple care for Tama cats cast off by society

by Sang Woo Kim

Back in 1990, while taking a stroll along the Tama River, photographer Osamu Konishi came upon a surreal scene: dozens of cats sitting amicably and quietly on the branches of a tree, almost like apples waiting to be picked, as well as on the ...

'Collection Exhibition 2014: Spiritual World'

May 7, 2014

'Collection Exhibition 2014: Spiritual World'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

For this year’s “Collection Exhibition,” the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography reevaluates the relationship between Japanese religious culture and visual arts through a pilgrimage of photographs, videos and other works of the museum collection. In search of aspects of spirituality that have been lost ...

Kyoto photography show pushes the frame

Apr 28, 2014

Kyoto photography show pushes the frame

by J.J. O'Donoghue

Mars has landed in Japan and is best viewed from a beanbag in the annex of The Museum of Kyoto. “Mars, a Photographic exploration” is the worthy headline event at this year’s Kyotographie International Photography Festival, which brings together remarkable photos of the red ...

Apr 23, 2014

Best to approach Gursky's photos with a painterly eye

by Matthew Larking

The invention of photography was supposed to bring about the death of painting. What actually happened, however, was that photography became a parasite, feeding off painting. It is enriched by it, bolstered and buoyed by its conventions — such as the use of landscape ...