The bright sparks of photography

Aug 14, 2014

The bright sparks of photography

by Alice Gordenker

Photography, because it is both familiar and accessible, is an excellent medium for young people to use for self-expression. With this as a guiding principle, the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts (K*MoPA) in Yamanashi Prefecture has sought since its founding in 1995 to contribute ...

No words can describe Tan's 'Terminology'

Jul 31, 2014

No words can describe Tan's 'Terminology'

by John L. Tran

"As a visual artist it's very important to reach a point where I'm going beyond words. In interviews I find myself struggling, because we're always talking around (the work), circumscribing it. A question that I hate is 'what does this work mean?'" Fiona Tan

Nao Tsuda takes us beyond the straight and narrow

Jul 17, 2014

Nao Tsuda takes us beyond the straight and narrow

by Stuart Munro

The walkways, ravines and peaks of the Himalayas, Tibet and Swiss Alps form the backdrop for “On the Mountain Path,” the latest photographic exhibition by Nao Tsuda at Gallery 916. Tsuda’s sizeable photographs show one man’s appreciation for landscapes’ resilience to inconstant climate and ...

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 ...