Seiichi Motohashi “Sense of Place”

Izu Photo Museum

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[Image: Seiichi Motohashi "Chernobyl", (1992) Chachersk, Republic of Belarus,]

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Documentary artist Motohashi Seiichi (1940–) has used the two modes of photography and film to document the lives of ordinary people since the 1960s. His work has received acclaim both on a national and international scale, including such acknowledgements as the receipt of the Domon Ken Award for his book “Nadya’s Village” and the grand prize at the St. Petersburg “Message to Man” film festival for “Alexei and the Spring.” Motohashi’s fields of observation have included coalmines, popular entertainment, the circus, a slaughterhouse, and a train station, where he has portrayed the rich diversity of human endeavor that forms the foundation of society. He has also published three books and directed two documentaries that focus on people who have continued to live in the vicinity of the Chernobyl power plant even after the nuclear accident. 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident, and Motohashi’s photographs of an irradiated homeland have taken on a new urgency for us, in the wake of Japan’s nuclear meltdowns after the March 11 tsunami. The exhibition will trace the half-century journey of a photographer, featuring more than 150 of Motohashi’s images. The selection will include previously unreleased early photographs from his points of origin, along with a range of his representative work.


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from February 07, 2016 to July 05, 2016
Exhibition Hours: 10:00 - 18:00, Close at 17:00 on February and March.



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