Tokyo Before/After

This exhibition, created on the occasion of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, 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

  • 2024 first semester Nicaragua *TBC
  • November 10 - December 3, 2023
    Luis Miro Quesada Garland Hall (Lima, Peru)
  • August 11 - September 15, 2023
    Cultural Center of UTU (Montevideo, Uruguay)
  • June 7‐July 5, 2023
    Ahmed Shawky Museum(Cairo, Egypt)
  • November 13 - December 4, 2022
    The Embassy of Japan in Iran (Tehran, Iran)
  • August 3 - 24, 2022
    Archaeological Museum in Zagreb (Zagreb, Croatia)
  • June 27 - July 9, 2022
    Gallery KORTIL (Rijeka, Croatia)
  • 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)
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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