Masatoshi Saito “Another World Unveiled”

Tokyo Photographic Art Museum

poster for Masatoshi Saito “Another World Unveiled”
[Image: Masatoshi Saito, "Eldery Women Lodging in a Shrine,Takayama Inari, From Old Hags Burst Out!" (1969) Collection of Tokyo Photographic Art Museum]

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Naito Masatoshi: Another World Unveiled exhibition is an overview of the maverick photographer’s career, which spans over fifty years. In the 1960s, Naito engaged in depicting the formation of life and the universe, as captured through microscopic photographs of substances undergoing chemical reactions. From the 1960s through the 1980s, Naito documented the folk religion of Tohoku [northern Japan], including the poignant Old Hags Burst Out! and Tono Monogatari [The Tales of Tono] series.

Responding to the inherent questions posed by his own photography, Naito delved deeper into folklore studies. A range of subjects- Tohoku and Edo/Tokyo, science and religion- become a gateway for Naito to explore the shadow world underlying the commonly seen culture of Japan. In the 1990s, Naito embarked on another series, Another World of Deities where the artist’s imagination and folkloric studies came together in the divine mountains of Japan, home to the discipline of Shugendo.

Employing the camera as a “magic tool to perceive the intangible,” and folkloric studies as a “camera behind the camera that makes it possible to see an invisible world,” Naito unveiled a phantasmagoric world. The present exhibition- the photographer’s first large-scale retrospective in a Tokyo museum- looks at a body of work produced over the past half-century to highlight the penetrating vision driving the artist’s idiosyncratic perception of life and the universe.

Gallery Talks (in Japanese)
5/25 (Fri) 14:00~
6/8 (Fri) 14:00~
6/22 (Fri) 14:00~
7/13 (Fri) 14:00~



from May 12, 2018 to July 16, 2018
Closed on Mondays


Masatoshi Saito



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