Shomei Tomatsu: Chewing Gum and Chocolate Leo Rubinfien

ISBN: 9781597112505

Published: May 31st 2014

Hardcover

216 pages


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Shomei Tomatsu: Chewing Gum and Chocolate  by  Leo Rubinfien

Shomei Tomatsu: Chewing Gum and Chocolate by Leo Rubinfien
May 31st 2014 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 216 pages | ISBN: 9781597112505 | 8.43 Mb

One of Japans foremost twentieth-century photographers, Shomei Tomatsu has created a defining portrait of postwar Japan. Beginning with his meditation on the devastation caused by the atomic bombs in 11:02 Nagasaki, Tomatsu focused on the tensionsMoreOne of Japans foremost twentieth-century photographers, Shomei Tomatsu has created a defining portrait of postwar Japan. Beginning with his meditation on the devastation caused by the atomic bombs in 11:02 Nagasaki, Tomatsu focused on the tensions between traditional Japanese culture and the nations growing Westernization, most notably in his seminal book Nihon.

Beginning in the late 1950s, Tomatsu photographed as many of the American military bases as possible--beginning with those on the main island of Japan and ending in Okinawa, a much-contested archipelago off the southernmost tip of the country. Tomatsus photographs focused on the seismic impact of the American victory and occupation: uniformed American soldiers carousing in red-light districts with Japanese women- foreign children at play in the seedy landscape of cities like Yokosuka and Atsugi- and the emerging protest- and counter-culture formed in response to the ongoing American military presence.

He originally named this series Occupation, but later retitled it Chewing Gum and Chocolate to reflect the handouts given to Japanese kids by the soldiers--sugary and addictive, but lacking in nutritional value. And although many of his most iconic images are from this series, the best of this work has never before been gathered together in a single volume.

Leo Rubinfien, co-curator of the photographers survey Skin of the Nation, contributes an essay that engages with Tomatsus ambivalence toward the American occupation and the shifting national identity of Japan. Also included in this volume are never-before-translated writings by Tomatsu from the 1960s and 70s, providing context for both the artists original intentions and the sociopolitical thinking of the time.Shomei Tomatsu (1930-2012) played a central role in Vivo, a self-managed photography agency, and founded the publishing house Shaken and the quarterly journal Ken.

He participated in the groundbreaking New Japanese Photography exhibition in 1974 at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and, in 2011, the Nagoya City Art Museum featured Tomatsu Shomei: Photographs, a comprehensive survey of his work.



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