Japan Foundation is actively developing international cultural exchange and cooperating with more than 130 countries in the World. The goal of the Foundation is to popularize Japanese culture via traditional and contemporary Japanese art exhibitions, as well as and enhance the understanding of Japanese culture through visual arts.
In recent years, interest in contemporary Japanese photography has been growing steadily throughout the world. This interest goes further than simple curiosity about unknown and exotic photographic expression. It suggests that contemporary Japanese photography is being accepted as a practice of contemporary artists with a measure of empathy and acceptance transcending national boundaries and cultures. This exhibition begins with the period from the late 1960s to the early 1970s and gives an overview of contemporary Japanese photography from that time through the present. This was a critical period when a multi-faceted revolution occurred in photographic expression in Japan and has continued to affect it until today.
This exhibition consists out of 76 photographies by 23 Japanese photographers. The exhibition is divided into two sections. The first, “A Changing Society,” presents photographs of human figures seen as members of society. A rapid urbanisation and lively street life during the big changes that Japan was facing at that time are expressed in the photos. The second, “Changing Landscapes,” presents views of the city, the suburbs, and nature. Photographers‘ gaze on everyday landscape attempts to be „contemporary“ with respect to a continually changing society and time. These photographs reveal Japanese society from a variety of different angles from the end of the period of rapid economic growth to the turn of the century. In both sections, we pay attention to changes in the gaze of individual photographers as they confront new realities.