In 1945, post-war Japan made a new start from the ashes of devastation. In the twenty years leading up to the Tokyo Olympics of 1964, it succeeded in undergoing a dramatic transformation, embarking on a path towards becoming an economic power.
These two decades constituted a period truly brimming with creative energy – a time in which democracy led to the restoration of vitality and free photographic expression, in which new talent pioneered post-war photography. This new exhibition reflects on the turbulent period that followed the war, exhibiting over 100 black and white photographs by 11 leading post-war Japanese photographers, including Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Shomei Tomatsu, Eikoh Hosoe and Ken Domon. Rather than arranging the works by period and author, this exhibition is divided into three sections – “The Aftermath of the War,” “Between Tradition and Modernity,” and “Towards a New Japan.”
Although the arrangement may seem arbitrary, the sequence provides a vivid narrative of the convoluted aspects of this complicated era.
Curated by Tsuguo Tada and Marc Feustel and organised by the Japan Foundation, the exhibition will run at Open Eye Gallery,19 Mann Island, Liverpool Waterfront, L3 1BP from 22 January to 26 April 2015. For further information see the website, here.