Seiryu Inoue + Ichiro Kojima Exhibition

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Seiryu Inoue "Kamagasaki", August 10th (Fri) - 30th (Thurs)
This photographer was born in Kouchi Prefecture in 1931. He started apprenticing for photographer Takeji Iwamiya at the age of twenty and shot exclusively documentary photographs. He is famous for his series that have a strong social angle to them, such as "Kamagasaki" in which he photographed a laborers' town in Osaka called Kamagasaki; "Kitakikou" chronicling the lives of North Korean refugee settlers who fled to Niigata Prefecture, and "Amami" that portrays the lives of the Amami/Tokunoshima people. Approximately 50 of his works will be on display at this exhibition, with an emphasis on his representative work, "Kamagasaki." In the late 50s as Japan entered its postwar high growth phase, he lived in Kamagasaki where day laborers would congregate, and he recorded their lives on film. He is said to have remarked about the reality of the situation there that he photographed up close over many years: "I like it so much I could cry, and I hate it so much it makes me want to die."

Ichiro Kojima "Tsugaru", September 2nd (Sun) - 21st (Fri)
Ichiro Kojima was born in Aomori prefecture in 1924, and photographed scenes in Japan's north country based from his hometown of Aomori. He was introduced to photography at an early age from his father who was also a photographer, and began seriously photographing Tsugaru and the Shimokita Peninsula in 1953 after being reintegrated from the war in China. He moved to Tokyo after he met Younosuke Natori, but the Kitaguni (north country) was a consistent theme in his works. He said of the post-war appearances of the thirteen villages of the Tsugaru Peninsula facing the Japan Sea, "Having lost everything and lying flattened against the vast white earth, they look like me and reflect the tenacity of humans' will to live again." Approximately 50 works will be on display in this exhibition, selected from works from his short lived, decade-long photographic career.

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From 2007-08-10 To 2007-09-21
Closed August 31st and September 1st.

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