A tribute to the women of '70s Okinawa

Jul 16, 2017

A tribute to the women of '70s Okinawa

Photographer Mao Ishikawa, whose work frequently depicts personal, political and racial intersections in her native Okinawa, has published a new volume revisiting her 1970s portraits of Japanese bar hostesses and U.S. servicemen near the Kadena Air Base.“Red Flower: The Women of Okinawa” (“Akabana: Okinawa ...

The scope of cultural displacement

Jun 27, 2017

The scope of cultural displacement

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Mercedes Benz Art Scope is an exchange program that allows Japanese artists to spend time in Germany and German artists to visit Japan. The Hara Museum of Contemporary Art has been a partner in this project since 2003, and in this year’s group show, Stuttgart-based ...

A Leiter shade of New York

May 30, 2017

A Leiter shade of New York

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Mix up Miles Davis, some French post-impressionism, Max Ernst, haiku by Matsuo Basho, experimental scores of Morton Feldman, Cubism, Utamaro shunga (erotic art) and Hokusai ukiyo-e, plus some Norman Rockwell, Mark Rothko and Franz Kline. Steep for 60-odd years. Saul Leiter’s work is all ...

/ Apr 24, 2017

Sony to launch high-speed, silent, mirrorless camera

Sony Corp. will launch a mirrorless single-lens digital camera capable of photographing silently at high speed, targeting professionals and bird watchers who want to shoot without distracting their subjects.The new model, Alpha 9, can continuously shoot up to 20 frames per second with the ...

Kyotographie: from Kyoto, with love

Apr 18, 2017

Kyotographie: from Kyoto, with love

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Kyotographie — the brainchild of photographer Lucille Reyboz and lighting artist Yusuke Nakanishi — is 5 this year. Conceived and nurtured in Kyoto, it is now one of few substantial photography festivals in Japan, inarguably rivaling, even surpassing, many of the country’s other calendar ...

Ken Domon and the artistry of real life

Apr 16, 2017

Ken Domon and the artistry of real life

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By 1957, photographer Ken Domon had reached the peak of his creative powers. A picture taken that year in Hiroshima, which he was visiting for the first time to chronicle the lingering effect of the bomb, shows him supremely confident: ram-rod straight on a ...

Then and now: time ripples in photography

Mar 28, 2017

Then and now: time ripples in photography

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There are two photography exhibitions currently showing at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum that are thematically and chronologically unrelated, but together make a strong testimony of the extent to which Japan embraced photography from its earliest beginnings, and how the medium is a strong ...

China selfie-app leader Meitu seeks to 'beautify the world'

/ Feb 23, 2017

China selfie-app leader Meitu seeks to 'beautify the world'

Strolling a tree-lined Shanghai street with friends, Hu Dongyuan pulls out her smartphone and does what millions of Chinese women do daily: take a selfie, digitally “beautify” their faces, and pop it on social media.Such virtual make-overs, typically involving lightening skin, smoothing out complexions ...

Feb 7, 2017

Photo collection captures memories of persecuted Yazidis

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Memories of the Yazidis, an ethno-religious minority who fled their homeland in the Sinjar Mountains in northwest Iraq following an invasion by the Islamic State in August 2014, have been preserved in a newly published photo collection.A toy, a shoe and a spoon — ...