Shimooka Renjo, back in focus

Mar 26, 2014

Shimooka Renjo, back in focus

by Alice Gordenker

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

by John L. Tran

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'

by Alisa Yamasaki

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'

by Delilah Romasanta

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 ...

Smuggling art into fashion

Apr 18, 2013

Smuggling art into fashion

by Mio Yamada

In 1943, in the midst of World War II, a U.S. Army propaganda drop over Berlin distributed leaflets bearing gruesome images of Adolf Hitler’s face partially obscured by a calf’s skull. Those who dared to pick one up would never have guessed that the ...