Tokyo: photogenic to its very core

Art Dec 13, 2016

Tokyo: photogenic to its very core

by John L. Tran

Care to take a guess what the new exhibition "Tokyo, Tokyo and Tokyo" at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum is about? In fact there are two exhibitions with the same name running concurrently, so it's "Tokyo, Tokyo and Tokyo" and "Tokyo, Tokyo and Tokyo." It ...

Japan's TOP museum sees the big picture

Art Sep 6, 2016

Japan's TOP museum sees the big picture

by Alice Gordenker

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 ...

Does ‘Provoke’ still push back today?

Books Aug 20, 2016

Does ‘Provoke’ still push back today?

by Dan Abbe

The year 1968 saw a wide range of actions directed against the Japanese government: Universities were occupied, protesters demonstrated en masse against Japan's complicity in the Vietnam War and students mobilized to stop the transportation of Vietnam-bound jet fuel through Shinjuku Station. A quieter, ...

'Daido Moriyama Photo Exhibition'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Jan 19, 2016

'Daido Moriyama Photo Exhibition'

by Melynie Yoneda

Jan. 23-Feb. 20 Daido Moriyama's gritty photography, which often showed the darker side of urban life in postwar Japan, has won him many awards, including the International Center of Photography in New York's Inifinity Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2012. This exhibition is divided into three ...

What provoked Japan's contemporary photography?

Art Jun 27, 2013

What provoked Japan's contemporary photography?

by Mio Yamada

In 1968, as the world reeled from The Prague Spring, the turbulent union and student strikes in France, and the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Japan, like so many other nations, found itself in the midst of social unrest. Citizens questioned ...

Observing the present and past is to see into the future

Art Jun 13, 2013

Observing the present and past is to see into the future

by Stuart Munro

For the past 48 years, Daido Moriyama has followed his photographic instinct, drawn to subjects whose characters appear as vibrant as they are tragic while leaving the question of which for us to decide. The act of exhibiting, through the unraveling of images, has ...