"Tokyo seen by Magnum Photographers" Exhibition
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Magnum Photos is a group of photojournalists that was founded in 1947 by Robert Capa (Hungary), Henri Cartier-Bresson (France), George Roger (Great Britain), David Seymour "Chim" (Poland) based on Capa's idea. The name "Magnum" is said to be taken from large bottles of champagne. Currently approximately 50 members are active globally in the commercial, fashion and corporate fields as well as documentary, aiming to protect and assert the rights and freedoms of photographers. In this exhibition commemorating the 60th anniversary of the group's founding, approximately 150 black-and-white and color photographs and images taken by the many Magnum Photos members that visited post-war Japan between the 1950's and 2005 will be on display.
Image: Founder Robert Capa and David Seymour, photographed by Henri Cartier-Bresson (c) Magnum Photos Tokyo
The photographs on display in this exhibition are a valuable documentation of Tokyo’s history, capturing the meaning in moments of a continually changing reality; it is a kaleidoscopic collection of post-war Japan from the 1950s up to the new millennium.
Sixty years of Magnum's Tokyo
Renowned agency celebrates long relationship with Japan
By Manami Okazaki
Special to The Japan Times
Coming from Magnum, expectations for the exhibition will be high, and given time, they are paid off. While at first the photographs slip easily into what one expects to see of Tokyo, as a whole they become a broad and comprehensive representation of a city in flux and of a photo agency in transformation with it ...
Definitely worth seeing, especially for the earlier period (50s-60s) work. The energy captured in the anti-war and anti-Narita Airport riots is amazing. One can only think "Where has that Japan vanished to?"
Completely agree that this should be on a "to see" list.
Great depiction of the progression from 50s
and 60s to the futurstic artchicture and color of the 90s and 2000s.
While I found myself saying, "yes, that is Tokyo" to many of the pictures, I was disappointed with this exhibit. I was much more impressed with the History of Pioneers in Japanese Photography exhibit (in the same museum).