Martin Laflamme

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

Old photos illuminate a Japan now 'lost'

Books Jul 28, 2018

Old photos illuminate a Japan now 'lost'

In "Lost Japan," Rosella Menegazzo brings talented daguerreotype photographer Felice Beato and his previously overlooked photos of daily life in Meiji Era Japan into the foreground.

Masatoshi Naito: 'The other face' of Japan

Art Jun 24, 2018

Masatoshi Naito: 'The other face' of Japan

When Masatoshi Naito first began researching Tohoku folklore, he expected to find places "haunted with a macabre atmosphere." Instead, he stumbled into a vivacious traditional society "filled with elderly women who throw boisterous bashes all night long."

Japan’s 'kanban' are still hanging in there

Lifestyle Jun 18, 2017

Japan’s 'kanban' are still hanging in there

Little information remains about the personal life of the artisan Kojiro Shimizu. His personality and interests, his passions and motivations — all are shrouded in mystery. What we know is that he worked in Kyoto in the late 19th and early 20th century and ...

Ken Domon and the artistry of real life

Art Apr 16, 2017

Ken Domon and the artistry of real life

By 1957, photographer Ken Domon had reached the peak of his creative powers. A picture taken that year in Hiroshima, which he was visiting for the first time to chronicle the lingering effect of the bomb, shows him supremely confident: ram-rod straight on a ...