Shomei Tomatsu


    Sainsbury Centre exhibition January 4, 2017

    This exhibition explores the work of some of the most prominent Japanese photographers of the second half of the twentieth century, including Nobuyoshi ArakiEikoh Hosoe and Kikuji Kawada.

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  • Japanese Photography: The Birth of a Market

    Michael Hoppen talks to Blouin Art Info December 16, 2015

    Western collectors’ newfound curiosity about the Provoke artists follows a concerted campaign by a handful of players that demonstrates both how changing tastes alter markets, and how markets can change tastes. 


    [article written by Noelle Bodick]

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    Aipad 2015 - Special feature April 13, 2015
    Shomei Tomatsu (1930 - 2012) is perhaps the most influential Japanese photographer of the post-war era.  His raw, grainy and impressionistic style signalled a dramatic break with the quiet formalism that had defined earlier photography.  Few photographers have looked so closely and penetratingly beneath the skin of a nation as Tomatsu did when he turned his camera on his homeland.  The results remain startling, disturbing and complex, imbued with all the contradictions he felt about Japan, photography and himself.
    During the 1950s and 60s Japan was undergoing a sudden and turbulent social change.  During this time, Tomatsu took to documenting in a blurred, visceral style portraying the 'underground' and 'everyday' in the city, from prostitutes to drifters, hippies and artists living on the outskirts.
    Shomei Tomatsu's work is included in renowned private and public collections worldwide.  In 2006 a major retrospective of his work The Skin of the Nation was held at SFMOMA.

    To be exhbited at Aipad Photography show


    16 - 18 April, New York. 

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