2015 / Photo Exhibition “Metamorphosis of Japan After the War” at West Los Angeles College, Closing July 11

Dancers resting on the rooftop of the SKD Theatre. Asakusa, Tokyo (Photo by Takeyoshi Tanuma)

Dancers resting on the rooftop of the SKD Theatre. Asakusa, Tokyo (Photo by Takeyoshi Tanuma)

West Los Angeles College Art Gallery

Photo Exhibition: Metamorphosis of Japan After the War

June 12 – July 11, 2015

Preview reception, Thursday, June 11, at 7:30 pm.

The Japan Foundation presents the photo exhibition Metamorphosis of Japan After the War. The exhibition takes place at West Los Angeles College Art Gallery, 9000 Overland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90230, from June 12 – July 11, 2015. Exhibition hours areTuesday-Saturday 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Closed on Sundays, Mondays, Independence Day. Free Admission.

The exhibition introduces the work of 11 photographers who captured images of postwar Japan from 1945 to 1964. Exhibiting Photographers are: Ken Domon, Ihee Kimura, Hiroshi Hamaya, Tadahiko Hayashi, Shigeichi Nagano, Ikko Narahara, Kikuji Kawada, Shomei Tomatsu, Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Eikoh Hosoe, and Takeyoshi Tanuma.

A preview reception will be held on Thursday, June 11, at 7:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

In 1945, Japan made a new start as a defeated and devastated country after WW II. However, after only twenty or so years, the nation’s society, economy, and culture underwent dramatic transformations.

It is difficult to specify precisely when the postwar period ended, but for the purposes of this exhibition, the exhibition producers define the “postwar” era as the period from the end of the war in 1945 to the year of the Tokyo Olympics, 1964.

The 11 photographers introduced here were each active in this period of dramatic upheaval. Their work records the transformation of society, and many of the photographs that they took are significant from an artistic perspective in addition to being historical records.

The photographers selected are: Ken Domon, perhaps the best-known Japanese photographer of the 20th century for his cool-headed photo-realism; Ihee Kimura, whose approach to realism was distinguished from Domon’s by its unique aesthetics; Hiroshi Hamaya, who photographed the climates and environments of mountain and agricultural villages together with the lives of their inhabitants; Tadahiko Hayashi, who produced marvelous portraits: Shigeichi Nagano; Ikko Narahara; Kikuji Kawada; Shomei Tomatsu; and Yasuhiro Ishimoto, who represent a younger generation of photographers; and Eikoh Hosoe and Takeyoshi Tanuma, those who demonstrated the creativity of photography.

The exhibition will provide a starting point for thinking about the society of postwar Jap.

Metamorphosis of Japan After the War is organized by the Japan Foundation Los Angeles, and co-presented by West Los Angeles College and Kio Griffith [TYPE / ARTRA].