Japan's Showa flash flood of photography

Art Nov 18, 2019

Japan's Showa flash flood of photography

by Martin Laflamme

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.

Minakata: Japan's pioneer of ecology

Art Jan 28, 2018

Minakata: Japan's pioneer of ecology

by Sachiko Tamashige

In an old black-and-white photograph on show at the National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo, Minakata Kumagusu — with a shaved head and dressed only in a waistcloth — stands by a huge tree, arms crossed in seeming defiance. He could easily be ...