Iizawa Kotaro: Japanese Photography After 3.11

Iizawa Kotaro
Japanese photography critic and historian Iizawa Kotaro holds a doctorate in Fine Art from The University of Tsukuba. Currently a professor at the Photography department of the Osaka University of Arts, Iizawa also runs a photography book restaurant "Megutama" with Japanese chef Okado Megumiko and artist Tokitama. Iizawa founded the quarterly photography magazine "Déjà-vu" in 1990 and was the editor-in-chief until 1994. He is also the author of innumerable books, including "On I-Photography" (Chikuma-shobo, 2000), "Thinking into Photography" (Kawade-shobo-shinsha, 2009) and "Read deeply! 100 Super-masterpieces of Japanese Photography" (Fuka-yomi! Nihon-shashin-no-cho-meisaku 100, 2012).
In Japanese with Cantonese Interpretation (English whispering interpretation provided upon request)
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The burgeoning socio-environmental issues as a result of increasingly frequent and intense natural disasters in recent years has fuelled many contemporary practices and discourse worldwide. On 11 March, 2011, an earthquake of 9.0 magnitude took place off the Pacific coast of Tohoku region, northeastern Japan, causing over 20,000 deaths and thousands still reported missing. Deeply shook by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami and nuclear meltdown in Fukushima, many Japanese photographers took on new image-making ideologies and approaches as a result.


Through the works of Hishida Yusuke, Kazuma Obaru, Tashiro Kazutomo, Hatakeyama Naoya, Shiga Lieko, Arai Takashi and participants of the group exhibition “In the Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11”, we will explore the recent developments in Japanese photography and look into how our neighbouring country and its new generation of image-makers respond to the devastating events and their irreversible impacts through photography.

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