So much to say — so many ways to show it

Art Oct 15, 2019

So much to say — so many ways to show it

by John L. Tran

Same-sex relationships, American bases in Okinawa, globalization, the Olympics, the atomic bomb, national identity, the exploitation of natural resources — "Image Narratives: Literature in Japanese Contemporary Art" at The National Art Center, Tokyo, does not lack for hot button topics.

In the right light, every detail counts

Art Oct 3, 2017

In the right light, every detail counts

by John L. Tran

At the tail end of an unexpectedly long conversation, the last question I ask photographer Keizo Kitajima is why it's important for him to have even lighting across the image. The photographs he is showing at the Photographers' Gallery in Shinjuku are part of ...