Japan

Vintage: Japan Daily Life by Arnold Genthe (1908)

Vintage: Japan Daily Life by Arnold Genthe (1908)

Arnold Genthe was born in Berlin, Prussia, to Louise Zober and Hermann Genthe, a professor of Latin and Greek at the Graues Kloster (Grey Monastery) in Berlin. Genthe followed in his father’s footsteps, becoming a classically trained scholar; he received a doctorate in philology in 1894 from the University of Jena, where he knew artist Adolf Menzel, his mother’s cousin.…
Vintage: Japan in the late XIX Century (Meiji period, 1870s-1880s)

Vintage: Japan in the late XIX Century (Meiji period, 1870s-1880s)

In 1869 The Emperor was restored to nominal supreme power, and the imperial family moved to Edo, which was renamed Tokyo (“eastern capital”). However, the most powerful men in the government were former samurai from Chōshū and Satsuma rather than the Emperor, who was fifteen in 1868. These men, known as the Meiji oligarchs, oversaw the dramatic changes Japan would…
Biography: Nude photographer Iwase Yoshiyuki

Biography: Nude photographer Iwase Yoshiyuki

Iwase Yoshiyuki was born in Onjuku (1904 – 2001) a fishing village on the pacific side of the Chiba peninsula, which encloses Tokyo Bay on the east. After graduating from Meiji University Law School in 1924, he took up lifelong pursuits, heading the family sake distillery and documenting the receding traditions of coastal Japan. In the late 1920’s Yoshiyuki received…
Love and Courtship in Japan (1950s)

Love and Courtship in Japan (1950s)

Before the war, most marriages in Japan were arranged by the bride’s and groom’s parents. Men and women rarely spent much time together prior to the wedding, let alone took part in anything that might qualify as “dating.” But during the Allied occupation of Japan—from the end of World War II until 1952—the ubiquity of the American soldier’s courtship rituals…
Life in Japan in the 1950s

Life in Japan in the 1950s

Japan continued to experience Westernization in the postwar era, much of which came about during the occupation, when American soldiers were a common sight in many parts of the country. American music and movies became popular, spurring a generation of Japanese artists who built on both Western and Japanese influences. During this period, Japan also began to emerge as an…
Interview with Black and White photographer Osamu Jinguji

Interview with Black and White photographer Osamu Jinguji

I’m a photo artist and a creator in Japan. My career by them has re-started since my first poetry-photo book has been published in 2009. After that, I’ve been ever participating in many group exhibitions, art fairs in New York (SCOPE), in Miami (SPECTRUM), in Spain (ARTEANDO) and in Germany (BERLINER LISTE), etc. Also, my works, for the last several…
Interview with Alternative Process photographer Miho Kajioka

Interview with Alternative Process photographer Miho Kajioka

I was born in 1973 in Okayama, Japan, and at 18 moved to California, where I studied at the San Francisco Art Institute. I began there as a painting major, but little by little turned to photography. I finished by fine arts degree at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. Upon graduation, I returned to Japan and became a journalist, producing TV…
Biography: Nude photographer Nobuyoshi Araki

Biography: Nude photographer Nobuyoshi Araki

Nobuyoshi Araki (born May 25, 1940) is a Japanese photographer and contemporary artist. Documenting Tokyo he captures its obscene energy and inhuman emptiness in the sex clubs and entertainment district, crowded streets, buildings and skies. His work is infused with an intense sexuality. He has been widely accused by feminist groups of being a misogynist because of the content of…
Biography: Ken Domon

Biography: Ken Domon

Ken Domon (25 October 1909 – 15 September 1990) is one of the most renowned Japanese photographers of the 20th century. He is most celebrated as a photojournalist, though he may have been most prolific as a photographer of Buddhist temples and statuary. After WW2 Domon started with documenting the aftermath of the war, focusing on society and the lives…
Biography: Documentary/Street photographer Daido Moriyama

Biography: Documentary/Street photographer Daido Moriyama

Daido Moriyama (born October 10, 1938) is a Japanese photographer noted for his images depicting the breakdown of traditional values in post-war Japan. Moriyama’s work is saturated with the melancholic beauty of life at its most ordinary. His photographs epitomize wabi-sabi, the Japanese aesthetic of finding beauty in imperfection. Daido Moriyama was born in 1938 along with a twin brother,…