One of Japan’s eminent photographers is now subject of an exhibition in Rome: Domon Ken (1909-1990). It is the first time that an exhibition is dedicated to his work outside of Japan. Domon Ken: Master of Japanese Realism is part of the 150 years of friendship celebrations between Japan and Italy and is held at the Ara Pacis Museum.
Domon Ken is one of the pioneers of modern and early post war Japanese photography, a master of (social) realism. Famous are his raw portraits of survivors of the atomic bomb in the so-called Hiroshima series (1958) and the images children of Chikuhō, a mining town in Kyūshū.
Circa 150 works from the 1920s until the 1970s are on display in Rome and can be seen until 18 September. An Italian language catalogue accompanies the exhibition.
Rossella Menegazzo & Fujimori Takeshi, Domon Ken, Il maestro del realismo giapponese, Milan: Skira, 2016. ISBN 978-8857232904. 184 pages, 161 color illustrations, 13 b/w illustrations.