vintage photography exhibition
Tokyo Stories, an exceptional exhibition of close to 100
rare prints, reveals the multiple faces of Tokyo from the 1930s
until the present day through the works of three of Japan’s leading
photographers: Hiroshi Hamaya, Tadahiko Hayashi and Shigeichi Nagano.
Tokyo is a city of contrasts, a kaleidoscope of images,
where the futuristic present thrives alongside the traditional past. This
exhibition presents these multiple faces of Tokyo: student protests, political
intrigues, the birth of ‘salarymen’ and their endless workdays,
geishas, prostitutes, street orphans, writers, artists, designers and
fashionistas. . . all of these characters collide to create this city of
layers and contrasts.
Hiroshi Hamaya: Tokyo in the 1930s
The first part of the exhibition will focus on Tokyo in the 1930s through
the work of Hiroshi Hamaya. Born in Tokyo, Hamaya began photography in
his teens, naturally turning his camera towards the city that surrounded
him. He focused particularly on downtown Tokyo and the buzzing entertainment
district of Ginza. His photographs of geisha girls, theatres, cafés
and street life, capture the energy and spirit of the city in these vibrant
Tadahiko Hayashi: Tokyo after the war
The second section of the exhibition deals with Tokyo in the years following
the war. Hayashi's images documented the events of the immediate aftermath
of the war. While these photographs document the immense physical destruction
of the Japanese capital they also capture a sense of optimism and of liberation
after years of deprivation and of censorship. Taken from the series Kasutori
Jidai (Days in the dregs) these photographs illustrate the hedonism and
sense of exhilaration that grew from amongst the rubble.
Shigeichi Nagano: A new Tokyo
The final section of the exhibition presents the modern face of Tokyo,
from the 1960s until the end of the century. Less than two decades after
the end of the Pacific War, Tokyo had become the capital of an economic
superpower and the city saw itself being radically transformed. More than
any photographer, Nagano has captured the changing face of Tokyo over
the past 50 years. His images are a fascinating collection of urban fragments
that contain the essence of their time.
The exhibition will include approximately 100 original vintage and early
prints. In addition to these prints, it will include historic materials
from the different periods treated within the exhibition including exhibition
catalogues, layouts, photographic magazines and other publications. The exhibition is curated by Marc Feustel of Studio Equis, in Paris.
7 rue du Rond-Point des Champs Elysées
8–15 November 2008