Aipad 2015 - Special feature
Apr 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.

Subway, Tokyo 1969

24.5 x 31.5 cm, Period silver gelatin print

Smoking Prostitute, Nagoya 1958

17.2 x 22.6 cm, Silver gelatin print printed later

Untitled, 1954

14.5 x 19.5 cm, Vintage silver gelatin print

Nagoya, 1953

12 x 16.5 cm, Vintage silver gelatin print


Disabled Veteran, Nagoya 1951

12 x 16.5 cm, Vintage silver gelatin print


Pottery Town, Seto, Aichi, 1954

14.5 x 21 cm, Vintage silver gelatin print



In total we will be exhibiting 40 works from 18 artists.

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16 - 18 April, New York.