Martin Laflamme

For Martin Laflamme's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Japan's Showa flash flood of photography

Art Nov 18, 2019

Japan's Showa flash flood of photography

The National Gallery of Canada showcases Showa Era (1926-89) photographers, whose documentation and interpretation of politics, culture, social issues and even the quotidian changed the face of modern photography in Japan.

Ohara Koson: Bringing ukiyo-e back to life

Art Mar 10, 2019

Ohara Koson: Bringing ukiyo-e back to life

Ohara Koson created a large body of ukiyo-e prints that delighted a foreign clientelle, yet garnered relatively little attention in Japan. More than 70 years after his death, he is finally being honored with a retrospective in his native country.

Utagawa Kuniyoshi, the undisputed master of warrior prints

Books Jan 12, 2019

Utagawa Kuniyoshi, the undisputed master of warrior prints

Utagawa Kuniyoshi was a true son of Edo. Born near Nihonbashi in 1797, his father a dyer, he grew up among the hoi polloi in the crowded streets of the low city, where popular stories of tattooed otokodate, the revered "street knights" of the ...