Through the Eyes of Taro Okamoto

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography

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As the last exhibition of its 10th anniversary year, the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography presents an exhibition of photographs by Taro Okamoto. Often associated with the words "Showa era", "rapid economic growth" and "explosion," Okamoto provided his generation with strong psychic influence. He was in the company of photographers such as Brassai and Man Ray during his stay in Paris in the 30s, and upon his return to Japan semi-amateur/semi-pro Okamoto came into dialogue with local photographers such as Ken Domon and Yoshio Watanabe. In addition, from the 50s to the 60s, Okamoto extensively covered the Japanese Islands where he pursued and captured on film the country and its people in their sometimes raw and primitive environments. To Okamoto, this somewhat impudent nature of the Japanese was a form of tradition to be continued and treasured even in the modern age. He later published those works with text; and now, in the 21st century, those photographs by Okamoto are once again drawing attention. This exhibition strives to shed light upon the relationship between these photographs and the artist himself through his prints and texts.

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Schedule

From 2005-12-24 To 2006-02-18

Artist(s)

Taro Okamoto

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Bunmei Shirabe tablog review

写真展 岡本太郎の視線

「岡本太郎と写真」、この結びつきは、ほんのつい最近注目され始めたばかりのものである。本展覧会は、その新たな結びつきを非常に丹念に紡ぎ、重厚感のある展覧会としている。岡本太郎の写真に関する言説から、使用したカメラの機種にまで渡って、一つ一つ調べ上げている。単なる作品の展示というよりも、むしろ一つの「研究」発表とでも呼べるものかもしれない。

Makoto Hashimoto tablog review

岡本太郎の視線

画家、彫刻家としての岡本太郎は、第1回シュルレアリスト・パリ展で発表した《傷ましき腕》や大阪万博の《太陽の塔》であまりにも有名であるが、彼はまた世に多くの文章と写真も残している。

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