Japanese Photography from Postwar to Now


One of the most significant contributions to the art of photography
comes from postwar Japan. After World War II, the country began to
produce film and camera equipment, supporting a large amateur
photography culture and sponsoring native photographers as important
artistic producers. This exhibition highlights SFMOMA’s considerable
collection of Japanese photography, focusing on generous gifts from our
community and the important donation of the Kurenboh Collection, Tokyo.

Japanese Photography from Postwar to Now
includes photographs from the 1960s, when major figures such as Shomei
Tomatsu and Daido Moriyama investigated Americanization and industrial
growth; the more personal and performative work of Nobuyoshi Araki and
Eikoh Hosoe; and photography addressing the present culture and the
Fukushima nuclear disaster. Organized thematically, the show explores
topics such as Japan’s relationship with America, changes in the city
and countryside, and the emergence of women, especially Miyako Ishiuchi,
Rinko Kawauchi, and Lieko Shiga, as significant contributors to
contemporary Japanese photography.