Gazing at the Contemporary World: Japanese Photography from the 1970s to the Present

This exhibition is an overview of the diverse photographic expression that has emerged in Japan since the 1970s. This show is composed of two sections (excluding “Prologue” and “Epilogue” ). The first, “A Changing Society,” focuses on human being as members of society. The second, “Changing Landscapes,” looks at cities, the suburbs, and nature.

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This touring exhibition is completed.

  • January 20 - February 18, 2018
    Museo di Sant'Agostino (Genova, Italy)
  • October 27, 2017 - January 5, 2018
    The Japan Cultural Institute in Rome (Rome, Italy)
  • September 13 - October 8, 2017
    Panevezys Civic Art Gallery (Panevezys, Lithuania)
  • July 1 - August 13, 2017
    Culture House Kappelborg (Kulturehus Kappelborg) (Naestved, Denmark)
  • May 15 - 29, 2017
    Turkmenistan Museum of Fine Arts (Ashgabat, Turkmenistan)
  • February 5 - 25, 2017
    Bahrain National Museum (Manama, Bahrain)
  • December 20 - 27, 2016
    National Library of the Republic Tajikistan (Dushanbe, Tajikistan)
  • October 21 - November 6, 2016
    National Paralympic Committee Gymnasium, Amahoro Studiam (Kigali, Republic of Rwanda)
  • September 1 - 18, 2016
    The National Bardo Museum (Tunis, Tunisie)

Photo titled Kariudo, taken by Daido Moriyama:
Daido Moriyama
Kariudo, 1972

Photo from the series, Oh! Shinjuku, taken by Shomei Tomatsu
Shomei Tomatsu
From the series, "Oh! Shinjuku" , 1969

Photo from the sreries SUBWAY LOVE, taken by Nobuyoshi Araki
Nobuyoshi Araki
From the sreries "SUBWAY LOVE", 1963-72

Photo titled picnic, taken by Masato Seto
Masato Seto
From the series "picnic", 2004

Photo titled Rainy Sunday, taken by George Hashiguchi
George Hashiguchi
Rainy Sunday, from the series "The Look", 1981

Photo from the series The Long Vacation, taken by Mitsugu Ohnishi
Mitsugu Ohnishi
From the series "The Long Vacation", 1983-91

Photo from the series Ice Box, taken by Tokuko Ushioda 1

Photo from the series Ice Box, taken by Tokuko Ushioda 2

Tokuko Ushioda
From the series "Ice Box", 1988

Photo titled Elementary School Students, taken by Kazuo Kitai
Kazuo Kitai
Elementary School Students, from the series
"To the village", 1974

Photo titled Oiso 1981, taken by Hiromi Tsuchida
Hiromi Tsuchida
Oiso 1981, from the series
"Counting Grains of Sand", 1981

Photo titled A Performer of Butoh dance, taken by Hiroh Kikai Hiroh Kikai
A Performer of Butoh dance, from the series "Persona" , 2001

Photo titled Higashi Kasai 9 Chome Arakawa bridge 1988, taken by Toshimi Kamiya Toshimi Kamiya
Higashi Kasai 9 Chome Arakawa bridge 1988, from the series "Mirabilitas Tokyo", 1988

Photo titled Kuroiso City, Tochigi Pref. taken by Toshio Shibata Toshio Shibata
Kuroiso City, Tochigi Pref., from the series "Quintessence of Japan", 1989

Photo titled Ikebukuro 1983 taken by Eiji Ina
Eiji Ina
Ikebukuro 1983, from the series "In Tokyo", 1983

Photo titled Osaka Shin-Osaka taken by Hitoshi Tsukiji
Hitoshi Tsukiji
Osaka Shin-Osaka, from the series "Urban Perspectives", 1987-89

Photo titled Western Exit Square of Shinjuku Station, taken by Shuji Yamada
Shuji Yamada
Western Exit Square of Shinjuku Station, Tokyo, from the series "Nihon mura" (Japan Village), 1969

Photo from the series Japanese Landscape, taken by Norio Kobayashi:
Norio Kobayashi
From the series "Japanese Landscape"(Surburbs of Tokyo), 1984

Photo titled Yodobash taken by Yutaka Takanashi
Yutaka Takanashi
Yodobashi, from the series "Genius Ioci, Tokyo",1997

Photo titled Nagata-ku, taken by Ryuji Miyamoto
Ryuji Miyamoto
Nagata-ku, from the series "KOBE 1995 After the Earthquake",1995

Photo titled AFTERNOON, taken by Akihide Tamura
Akihide Tamura
From the series "AFTERNOON", 1969

Photo titled Re: To_2, taken by Miyuki Ichikawa
Miyuki Ichikawa
Re: To_2, 2002

Photo titled Sakura N-6, taken by Risaku Suzuki
Risaku Suzuki
Sakura N-6, 2002

Photo from rom the series TOKYO SUBURBIA, taken by Takashi Honma
Takashi Homma
From the series "TOKYO SUBURBIA", 1995-98

Photo titled The Last Sunrise of Showa Era. 7 Jan. 1989, Tokyo, taken by Kikuji Kawada
Kikuji Kawada
The Last Sunrise of Showa Era. 7 Jan. 1989, Tokyo, from the series
" The Last Cosmology", 1989

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