The Metamorphosis of Japan After the War - Postwar Japanese Photography

27 Feb 2015

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From 6:45pm

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20-21 Bloomsbury Way (Entrance on Barter Street)

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In conjunction with the current Japan Foundation exhibition Metamorphosis of Japan After the War at Open Eye Gallery, Marc Feustel the co-curator, will provide an overview of the dramatic evolution in Japanese documentary photography produced during the incredibly significant and turbulent 20 year period between the end of World War II and the Tokyo Olympic Games in 1964.


Capturing both the historical and social perspective of the period, he will expand on why he chose to create this poignant exhibition, the philosophy behind it, and discuss some of 11 accomplished Japanese photographers included in the retrospective and why their images were chosen. Telling this story through photographs, Feustel will also examine the impact that these works and photographers have made upon contemporary artists, and what elements may be connected to the current state of Japanese photography.

Marc Feustel

Marc Feustel has curated several photographic exhibitions and edited both fine art and photographic publications including the anthology of postwar Japanese photography, Japan: a self-portrait, Photographs 1945-1964, published in 2004 by Flammarion. He writes regularly on photography for print and online publications and is co-director of Studio Equis.

The exhibition Metamorphosis of Japan After the War includes works from Japanese photographers such as Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Shomei Tomatsu, Eikoh Hosoe, and Ken Domon. It is currently running until the 26 April 2015 at 19 Mann Island, Liverpool Waterfront, L3 1BP, organised by Open Eye Gallery. For more information, please visit:


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Image: Ken Domon, Children looking at a picture-card show, Tokyo 1953

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