"Showa Photography from 1945 to 1989 - Part 2: The Age of Heroes & Heroines" Exhibition
This event has ended.
The mid 1950s to mid 1970s were defined by heroes and heroines from the sporting, acting, singing and political fields - perhaps it was the last era in which the Japanese were able to share their love of their heroes and heroines with each other. Following on from the first part of this four-part exhibition, this display will consist of portraiture that captures the energy of the period, taken from the museum collection.
A disappointment. I found most of the portraits were on the mediocre side, and thought there was very little worth seeing here. Except for a portrait of Orson Welles, little of the exhibition compares to the portrait photography coming out of Hollywood in the 30s, two decades earlier. A few pieces stood out but only as documentary photography. (I should add that I was familiar with very few of the subjects in the pictures displayed.)