At Frieze Masters 2022, we are delighted to be exhibiting key works by members of the iconic generation of Japanese photographers who rose to prominence during the post-war period.
Each work in our selection was acquired directly from the artist’s studio or estate, reflecting the direct and in many cases exclusive representation that we have cultivated over the course of more than two decades of commitment to Japanese photography.
Whilst many of these artists have been the subject of international museum retrospectives in recent years, by presenting a curated group of masterworks we hope to illustrate the shared context and close relationships which first animated their creative endeavours, and which continue to resonate today.
Japan’s groundswell of photographic activity that occurred in the aftermath of the Pacific War’s devastation encompassed legendary experimental movements such as Provoke and VIVO, whose legacy is represented in our selection by the work of Moriyama Daidō, Hosoe Eikoh, Tōmatsu Shōmei Araki Nobuyoshi, Sato Akira and Kawada Kikuji and other key practitioners from the post war years such as Ishiuchi Miyako and Fukase Masahisa.
These pioneering artists defined themselves in opposition to the schools of Pictorialism and Documentary photography that had prevailed in the first half of the 20th century. The fruits of this generation’s efforts to innovate new modes of expression, rejecting ideology in favour of a fresh subjectivity and questioning the nature of photographic truth itself, are now lauded as heralding Japan’s ‘Golden Age of Photography’, and this work has become a focal point for scholars and collectors alike.