Shomei Tomatsu "Tokyo Mandala"

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography

poster for Shomei Tomatsu "Tokyo Mandala"

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This artist is a representative Japanese postwar photographer who has continued to exhibit photographic series on various topics all over Japan since the 1950s. "Tokyo Mandala" is the last installment of the "Mandala" series that has been held in Nagasaki, Okinawa, Kyoto and Aichi. The works will cover the 1920s to the 1960s centering on Tokyo and including Chiba, Kanagawa and the greater Kanto region. This artist's most famous works such as "Occupation," "Asphalt," "I am a King" and "Shinjuku" will be on display as well as important series such as "Osorezan" and "Cherry Blossom" taken on regional shoots and hitherto unpublicized works; 300 works in total.



From 2007-10-27 To 2007-12-16


Shomei Tomatsu



yourboringandpatheticart: (2007-12-14 at 23:12)

This was a great show in spite of the curators and bad installation. The works seen were crammed in to too small of a venue- GOTTA CHARGE FOR EVERY DAMN FLOOR!!
The works of this master show a uniquely Japanese talent experimenting with forms and images in a host of fresh and current methods. I spied 2 pieces from the 60's that were pre-Tomaselli pieces but equally interesting. His Color works rival the accomplishments of Eggleston and a few other artists from the West who for the time being have eclipsed this great talent. The works deserved a proper venue and proper accolades for their accomplishment and continued and often successful re-invention of his thinking and vision practices. This was a superb selection of the work, but it was too cramped to view and absorb. Great choice, now they need to repeat with selecting better photographers.

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