'Narahara Ikko: Domains'

Nov 13, 2014

'Narahara Ikko: Domains'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

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 — ...

In the footsteps of Isabella Bird

Oct 25, 2014

In the footsteps of Isabella Bird

by Catherina Depaz

With a curiosity for exploring new lands and cultures in the late 1800s, British author, traveler and naturalist Isabella Bird blazed quite a trail, one that is followed lovingly by Kiyonori Kanasaka with his collection of photographs that capture Bird’s heart and vision, replicating ...

What words alone cannot convey

Oct 23, 2014

What words alone cannot convey

by Stuart Munro

“Can writing succeed as the subject of photography?” This is a question that troubles Paris-based artist Yuki Onodera. Her two works from the series “The World is Not Small Enough” are included in “Photographs by Five,” a group show at Zeit-Foto Salon in Kyobashi, ...

Diplomats win kudos in annual photo contest

Oct 10, 2014

Diplomats win kudos in annual photo contest

by Mami Maruko

An arresting image of a man dressed as a superhero parking his bicycle was on Thursday named winner of the Prince Takamado Memorial Prize for the Japan Through Diplomats’ Eyes 2014 photography contest. Roman Malyshev, an attache at the Russian Embassy, won for his ...

Gronsky's detached fascination

Oct 9, 2014

Gronsky's detached fascination

by John L. Tran

Alexander Gronsky is slightly surprised at his own success. Standing outside the warehouse building that is hosting a joint reception for several artists, including Thomas Ruff, he chain smokes a couple of cigarettes while we chat about doing photography during a typhoon, and how ...

'Yokoo By Kishin'

Oct 9, 2014

'Yokoo By Kishin'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Photographer Kishin Shinoyama’s book of images “Kioku no Enkinjutsu,” which he began in 1968, documents the graphic designer, illustrator and painter Tadanori Yokoo dressed as, and posing with, his personal idols. Yokoo would wear matching or near-identical outfits to his celebrity partner, sometimes even ...

Nothing goes out of fashion quite like the future

Oct 2, 2014

Nothing goes out of fashion quite like the future

by John L. Tran

Vincent Fournier’s exhibition at the Diesel Art Gallery shows a love and fascination with technology, but it is not a straightforward adoration. The French photographer combines this with an impish sense of humor and also brings a sociologist’s view to his subjects, which are ...

Between darkness and light

Sep 4, 2014

Between darkness and light

by John L. Tran

In the days just after the Great East Japan Earthquake, photographers, videographers and the mass media were, quite understandably, not that welcome inside the disaster zone. As time went on and survivors faced the task of dealing with the aftermath, contact with the outside ...

A revue of Japan's femininity

Sep 4, 2014

A revue of Japan's femininity

by Matthew Larking

Ichizo Kobayashi (1873-1957) was the founder of the West Japan Hankyu train line and department store in Osaka’s central Umeda district. Arguably his most significant artistic contribution was the establishment of the Takarazuka Music School in 1913, which combined a modern education with the ...

Acid attack photo shoot gets India's attention

Sep 4, 2014

Acid attack photo shoot gets India's attention

A fashion photo shoot featuring five victims of acid attacks is drawing wide attention in India. While the country keeps no official statistics on acid attacks, there are regular reports in the media of attackers targeting victims to disfigure or blind them, often because ...

Toy Tokyo

Aug 30, 2014

Toy Tokyo

by Elliott Samuels

In a world now dominated by photographs taken with smartphones and swanky digital cameras, it’s refreshing to come across a book that restores a little faith in old-school photography. Toy Tokyo, by Manami Okazaki.Kingyo Books, Art book. The setup for author Manami Okazaki’s “Toy ...