Tokyo Before/After

While interest in Tokyo continues to grow throughout the world in anticipation of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, this exhibition features a selection of approximately 80 works, in which works by photographers who had captured images of Tokyo in the 1930s-1940s are presented in juxtaposition with those taken after 2010.
We hope that the works of the Japanese photographers in this exhibition, through their specific imagery, will serve to encourage a deeper understanding of Tokyo as a vast city of many different faces.

Exhibition Curator
Kotaro Iizawa (photography critic)

Before: KOGA (Light Pictures), NIPPON, Kineo Kuwabara
After: Nobuyoshi Araki, Mika Ninagawa, Motoyuki Daifu, SATO Shintaro, Shinya Arimoto,
Natsumi Hayashi, Kenta Cobayashi, Daido Moriyama

2023 first semester Egypt *TBC

2022 second semester Iran *TBC

2022 first semester Croatia *TBC

February 7 - 27, 2022
The Omani Society of Arts (Muscat, Oman)

October 22 - December 10, 2021
The Japan Cultural Institute in Cologne (Cologne, Germany)

June 21 - 27, 2021
Artetage Museum (Vladivostok, Russia)

May 7 - 21, 2021
The Far-Eastern Museum (Khabarovsk, Russia)

April 2 – 26, 2021
Sakhalin Regional Art Museum (Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia)

October 2 - November 7, 2020
Schneider Hall Galleries (Louisville, U.S.A.)

January 25 - March 22, 2020
Caixa Cultural Sao Paulo (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

November 14, 2019 - January 5, 2020
Torre Malakoff (Recife, Brazil)

August 6 - September 15, 2019
Caixa Cultural (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

June 25 - July 21, 2019
Parana Museum/Museu Paranaense (Curitiba, Brazil)

May 9 - June 9, 2019
Caixa Cultural (Brasilia, Brazil)

  • Photo of KOGA (Light Pictures)
    KOGA (Light Pictures), 1932
  • Photo of NIPPON
    NIPPON, 1938
  • Photo of Nobuyoshi Araki's work
    Nobuyoshi Araki, Tombeau Tokyo, 2016/2017
    (c) Nobuyoshi Araki /Courtesy of Taka Ishii Gallery
  • Photo of Mika Ninagawa's work
    Mika Ninagawa, TOKYO INNOCENCE, 2015
    (c) mika ninagawa /Courtesy of TOMIO KOYAMA GALLERY
  • Photo of Motoyuki Daifu's work
    Motoyuki Daifu, Still Life, 2016
    (c) Motoyuki Daifu /Courtesy of MISAKO & ROSEN
  • Photo of SATO Shintaro's work
    SATO Shintaro“Risen in the East” Asakusa, Taito Ward, April 10, 2011
    (c) SATO Shintaro, Courtesy of PGI
  • Photo of Shinya Arimoto's work
    Shinya Arimoto, TOKYO CIRCULATION, 2016
    (c) Shinya Arimoto
  • Photo of Natsumi Hayashi's work
    Natsumi Hayashi, Today's Levitation 02/21/2011
    (c) Natsumi Hayashi
  • Photo of Kenta Cobayashi's work
    Kenta Cobayashi, Untitled, #smudge #video, 2016
    (c) Kenta Cobayashi /Courtesy of GP Gallery
  • Photo of Daido Moriyama's work
    Daido Moriyama“Dog and Mesh Tights” Silkscreen, 2018
    (c) Daido Moriyama Photo Foundation

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