Gazing at the Contemporary world – Japanese Photography form the 1970’2 to the Present

Posted: May 20, 2010 in Lectures

A Snowwhite Gallery exhibition: Unitec has been very fortunate to have this showing in our own gallery. It is a beautiful exhibition that shows the diverse photographic expression that has emerged from Japan since 1970. 

We were lucky enough to have Marcus Williams give an overview of the show to help us understand the context and content of the exhibition. It is being shown in two sections: 

1: A changing society – focus’s on human beings as members of society


2: Changing landscapes – cities, suburbs and nature

Norio Kobayashi is quoted as saying ” Everything in Japan is becoming uniform….keep confronting images.!”

Nobuyoshi Araki was quoted as been asked “Why are you taking pictures when there is nothing special happening?”

Both of these quotes give depth to this exhibition – Japan is in a state of flux – they appear to be conforming with the rest of the world and as a result seem to be becoming bland and unassuming – however, this is not really the case. You only need to look at their everyday lives and happenings to realise that they are unique, and what can look mundane is actually very interesting and gives meaning to being ‘Japanese’.

  1. Toni MacKinnon says:

    HI Susanne,
    Excellent to see you blogging about the range of stuff that interests you and what you have been looking at. I am intrigued as to what your exhibition and response to this blog assignment will be. No doubt you will draw something from what you have written to date although you may want to shape it differently, will need to expand it and put a slightly more formal spin on it. The work to date can be seen as research and support material so I think you are preparing yourself well to respond to the task at hand and this is a great beginning. Now go for it.
    Continue to attend tutorials as we can help you with the shape and writing of your response to the task.
    Also we can always provide ongoing feedback and support.


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