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Photography Exhibition: TOKYO Before/After

  • Thursday, August 30, 2018
  • Saturday, September 29, 2018
  • The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, 5700 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036


Thursday, August 30, 2018 - Saturday, September 29, 2018
Mon-Fri: 10am - 7pm, Sat: Noon-5pm
Closed on Sundays & Labor Day [Sep 3]

The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
5700 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036
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“TOKYO Before/After” features a selection of approximately 80 works, in which works by photographers who had captured images of Tokyo in the 1930-40s are presented in juxtaposition with those taken after 2010. 

The 1930-40s prior to World War II had been times in which the current framework of Tokyo had begun to take form, and photographers had effectively utilized highly developing means of photographic expression to establish vibrant images of urban space where tradition and modernity contended with one another. 

On the other hand, Tokyo since the 2010s, while taking it upon itself to confront and address the fluidizing social circumstances after the Great East Japan Earthquake, is further undergoing a significant transformation towards the 2020 Olympic Games. Photographers are also trying to emphasize their individual perspectives while incorporating the alternating and ever-changing means of photographic expression brought about through rapid digitization. 

Through comparing photographs for these two distinct periods, the past, present, and future image of Tokyo comes to clearly emerge and reveal itself. 

While interest in Tokyo continues to grow throughout the world in anticipation of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, we hope that the works of the Japanese photographers in this exhibition, through their specific imagery, will serve to encourage a deeper understanding of Tokyo as a vast city of many different faces.

For more information, visit Japan Foundation Los Angeles' website

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