War and Postwar - The Prism of the Times

Izu Photo Museum

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Marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, Izu Photo Museum will host a special exhibition that focuses on photojournalism during the war and early postwar. Japanese photojournalism began with the introduction of German “Reportagefotografie” and developed as the cutting edge of Modernism. Initially used to introduce Japanese culture overseas, it was employed as propaganda during the war, and continued to play a role in the information wars that accompanied the postwar occupation and the Cold War. The exhibition features the key figures of Japanese photojournalism, including Yonosuke Natori, Ihei Kimura, Ken Domon, Yosuke Yamahata, Tsuguichi Koyanagi, Shunkichi Kikuchi, and Shigeo Hayashi. Rare archival materials from the 1930s through the 1950s, including domestic and foreign magazines, photomurals, and documentary albums will be exhibited. The commemorative exhibition of prewar and postwar photojournalism will examine continuities as well as the shifting relationship with national policy.

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The Spirit of Photo Journalism
Date: July 26(Sun) 14:30-16:30
Venue: Clematis-no-Oka Hall
Speakers: Keizo Kitajima, Mari Shirayama, Yoko Tsuchiyama, Norihiko Matsumoto, Masashi Ohara
*For further details please refer to the official website.


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from July 18, 2015 to January 31, 2016
Exhibition Hours: 10:00-18:00 in July & August. 10:00-17:00 in September & October. 10:00-16:30 in November, December, & January. Open on December 24th. Closed on 12/26-1/6.



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