Tokyo on My Mind – A Photo Exhibition By Takeyoshi Tanuma

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[Image: A large crowd of people watching a professional wrestling match on a giant outdoor screen at the plaza in front of Shinjuku Station Takeyoshi Tanuma, 1955]

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On November 3, 2019, Takeyoshi Tanuma become the first photographer ever to be awarded the prestigious Order of Culture decoration. Born in a commercial photographic studio in Tokyo’s Asakusa district in 1929, after graduating from the Tokyo College of Photography (present-day Tokyo Polytechnic University), Tanuma joined the Sun News Photos company and pursued a career as a photographer under the guidance of the celebrated photographer Ihei Kimura. He is known for the diversity of his photographic subjects, which include portraits of several well-known novelists and painters, the natural landscapes of the Musashino Plain, depictions of gritty downtown Tokyo, and the world of children. He also traveled to Europe to take images of ancient religious buildings, and captured scenes of children fleeing from conflict zones and natural disasters in refugee camps. For over 70 years he has energetically explored the possibilities of photographic expression, and even today at the age of 90, he remains an active figure in the world of photography. Many of Tanuma’s images depict indelible scenes of Tokyo, where he was born and grew up. However, his journey as a news photographer began with the scenes of devastation he witnessed as a 16-year-old boy when Tokyo was bombed and transformed into a sea of flames during WWII. His images sought to capture the inner strength of the survivors of this horrific experience in the narrow lanes and alleys of downtown Tokyo as they struggled to recover from the depths of despair and regain their zest for life. He continued to capture scenes of the various hardships the local residents overcame as they contributed to the initial recovery and later development of the great metropolis of Tokyo. This photo exhibition looks back over the life and works of Takeyoshi Tanuma with several carefully selected images that epitomize his great body of work.

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from June 09, 2020 to July 09, 2020
Until 16:00 on the last day.

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