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NIPPON NO SAKURA — a photo exhibition by Toshinobu Takeuchi
Date : March 15, 2019 (Fri.) — April 3, 2019 (Wed.)

Toshinobu Takeuchi is widely-regarded as Japan's foremost landscape photographer. In 1985, he published his seminal work Tenchi shomon (Listening to the Voices of Heaven and Earth), which set him firmly on course to become a leading landscape photographer. Since then he has travelled north as far as Hokkaido and as far south as the Yaeyama Islands in all seasons to capture images of pristine landscapes that Japanese people have gazed upon since time immemorial. Among his vast body of works, his images of landscapes in the spring are particularly well known. This is because they feature sakura, or cherry blossoms. ....

Shinzo Maeda, a Photographic Explorer Seeking Color: The Quest for New Discoveries
Part 1   November 1, 2018 (Thu.) — December 28, 2018 (Fri.)
Part 2   January 4, 2019 (Fri.) — February 28, 2019 (Thu.)

Shinzo Maeda was a photographer who determined the course of Japanese landscape photography in the 1970s. His unique style captures nature with a sophisticated sense of form, discovering new beauty in the Japanese landscape, and has influenced many landscape photographers until the present day. The beautiful hilly landscapes of Biei and Kamifurano in Hokkaido have become widely known as a result of Maeda discovering their beauty and publicizing it in the form of photographic works. ....

Realms of Color: The Creation by Ernst Haas
Date : March 1, 2019 (Fri.) — May 31, 2019 (Fri.)

Described as “a magician with color,” the photographer Ernst Haas pioneered color photography as a means of expression in the 1950s. Born in 1921 in Vienna, Haas photographed Austrian prisoners of war returning home in 1947. These photographs caught the eye of Robert Capa who invited Haas to join Magnum Photos, the cooperative of photographers, which had been formed not long before. In the early days, Haas worked with black and white documentary photography, but in 1949, he started to experiment with the relatively newly developed color film, shooting a series of color photographs in New York. At the time, the sensitivity of color film was extremely low and it lacked freedom of expression, but Haas developed ingenious techniques to take advantage of its characteristics. When his first color photo essay was featured in Life magazine in 1953, photographers around the world were impressed and encouraged by the otherworldly vibrancy of the colors in his photographs. Subsequently, Haas published a succession of creative and richly poetic works on themes ranging from the streets of Venice to bullfighting in Spain. In 1962, Ernst Haas became the first photographer to mount a solo exhibition of color photographs at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. ....

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