Through the Eyes of Contemporary Japanese Photographers
Around Inagaki, Tsugaru-shi. Photo by Ichiro Kojima. 1960.
An international touring photo exhibition from Japan’s Tohoku region
opens in Sydney later this week.
Curated by photography critic Kotaro Iizawa, 'Through the Eyes of Contemporary Japanese Photographers' includes works by ten photographers associated with the Tohoku region, which was devastated in the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsuami.
“The chief motivation for organising this show was the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake,” says Iizawa. “The events were reported around the world, and the news was filled with place names from the Tohoku region, like Fukushima and Iwate, where the damage was the greatest. Although many people were made aware of this incredible disaster, there was little reporting on the historical and cultural background of the region. This exhibition is intended to fill that gap through the work of photographers.”
The exhibition showcases photography from the 1940s to 2011, just before the earthquake, and includes images by Teisuke Chiba, Ichiro Kojima, Hideo Haga, Masatoshi Naito, Masaru Tatsuki, Hiroshi Oshima, Naoya Hatakeyama, Meiki Lin, Nao Tsuda and Toru Ito.
The free exhibition runs from 8-21 June 2012 at the Japan Foundation Gallery (Level 1, Chifley Plaza, 2 Chifley Square, Sydney). Gallery opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 11am – 4pm.
More information: www.jpf.org.au
Driving off Sparrows, Kitsunezaka, Taiyu Village. Photo by Teisuke Chiba, 1943.
Around Inagaki, Tsugaru-shi. Photo by Ichiro Kojima, 1960.