Japan's TOP museum sees the big picture

Sep 6, 2016

Japan's TOP museum sees the big picture

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After being closed for two years for major renovations, Tokyo’s best-known photography museum in Tokyo’s fashionable Ebisu neighborhood reopened on Sept. 3, just in time to celebrate its 20-year anniversary. The venerable facility now boasts a new look, improved exhibition spaces and a new ...

It's the end of the world as we know it, and we still feel fine

Sep 6, 2016

It's the end of the world as we know it, and we still feel fine

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Hiroshi Sugimoto’s “Lost Human Genetic Archive,” the inaugural exhibition for the reopening of the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (now the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum), is an erudite and elaborate exercise in gallows humor. The theme is the end of civilization and human life, ...

No words can describe Tan's 'Terminology'

Jul 31, 2014

No words can describe Tan's 'Terminology'

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"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

'Collection Exhibition 2014: Spiritual World'

May 7, 2014

'Collection Exhibition 2014: Spiritual World'

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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 ...

Shimooka Renjo, back in focus

Mar 26, 2014

Shimooka Renjo, back in focus

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It's not surprising that the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography has organized a retrospective on Shimooka Renjo, one of the first commercial photographers in Japan. What is surprising is that it didn't happen sooner.

Two photographers in a state of play

Jan 15, 2014

Two photographers in a state of play

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In an intriguing double-header, two of photography's more colorful characters are exhibited together at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, providing an interesting glimpse of art form as play.

'World Press ' Photo 2013'

Jun 6, 2013

'World Press " Photo 2013'

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Now in its 56th year, the World Press Photo Contest has expanded its categories to include sports and portraiture to reflect those growing trends in photojournalism. The competition attracted more than 5,000 applicants, and the winning photos are currently on world tour, now making ...

'1968: Japanese Photography'

May 9, 2013

'1968: Japanese Photography'

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The late 1960s was an important period for the development of Japanese photography, which helped pictorialise and document the era’s significant political and social changes. This show focuses on the years 1966 to 1974, and is split into four sections: the history of photographic ...