Japan's clean aesthetic hid the ugly mess of war

Art Jul 28, 2015

Japan's clean aesthetic hid the ugly mess of war

by John L. Tran

Why would anybody want to go to war? For some of us it's incomprehensible. For others, there will be circumstances that make war justifiable — or even desirable. History tells us that the former demographic is usually added to by members of the latter, who ...

'War and Postwar: The Prism of the Times'

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo Jul 14, 2015

'War and Postwar: The Prism of the Times'

by Megan Green

July 18-Jan. 31 To mark the anniversary of the end of World War II, the Izu Photo Museum is showcasing a wide selection of both war and postwar photojournalism and propaganda posters. A collaboration with the Japan Camera Industry Institute, the exhibition features well-known Japanese ...

The peak that can move mountains

Art Feb 19, 2015

The peak that can move mountains

by John L. Tran

The current show, 'Fuji Paradigms: Visions of Mt. Fuji,' at the Izu Photo Museum is in two parts. One is an amalgamation of images in varied formats that depict Mount Fuji as a national symbol, and the other is a tightly focused collection that ...

'Fuji Paradigms: Visions of Mt. Fuji'

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo Jan 15, 2015

'Fuji Paradigms: Visions of Mt. Fuji'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Mount Fuji, with its beautifully symmetrical ridge lines and snowy peak, has always attracted photographers from near and afar. With nearly 300 stills and posters from its collection, the Izu Photo Museum in Shizuoka celebrates this iconic landmark, charting its representation in the history ...