Takeyoshi Tanuma: Picturing My Tokyo 1948-1964

Setagaya Art Museum

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Known for his photographs of children all over the world and his photographic portraits of the era’s most important cultural figures, Takeyoshi Tanuma (b. 1929) remains at the forefront of photography even now at the age of 89. In addition to children and cultural figures, Tanuma has dedicated his life to depicting Tokyo’s shitamachi (old downtown) area, where he was born and raised. Rising up from the burnt-out ruins of World War II, Japan’s capital city embodies a wealth of contradictions and has undergone a series of drastic changes in an effort to revitalize itself. This exhibition focuses on Tanuma’s photographs, which capture these aspects, based on three themes: children, shitamachi, and the changing city.

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from February 09, 2019 to April 14, 2019

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