Metamorphosis of Japan After the War

22 January - 26 April 2015

Completing management training at a stock brokerage firm. Ikebukuro, Tokyo 1961 © Shigeichi NaganoDancers resting on the rooftop of the SKD Theatre. Asakusa, Tokyo © Takeyoshi TanumaChildren looking at a picture-card show, Tokyo 1953 © Ken Domon

Completing management training at a stock brokerage firm. Ikebukuro, Tokyo 1961 © Shigeichi Nagano

In 1945, post-war Japan made a new start from the ashes of devastation. In the twenty years leading up to the Tokyo Olympics of 1964, it succeeded in undergoing a dramatic transformation, embarking on a path towards becoming an economic power.

These two decades constituted a period truly brimming with creative energy – a time in which democracy led to the restoration of vitality and free photographic expression, in which new talent pioneered post-war photography.

This new exhibition reflects on the turbulent period that followed the war, exhibiting over 100 black and white photographs by 11 leading post-war Japanese photographers, including Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Shomei Tomatsu, Eikoh Hosoe and Ken Domon. Rather than arranging the works by period and author, this exhibition is divided into three sections – “The Aftermath of the War,” “Between Tradition and Modernity,” and “Towards a New Japan.”

Although the arrangement may seem arbitrary, the sequence provides a vivid narrative of the convoluted aspects of this complicated era.

The exhibition is organised by The Japan Foundation

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