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Yasuo Higa, from the series My Native Island: Okinawa, c.1969-77, Gelatin Silver Print

TOP Collection: Photography in the Ryukyu Islands

Sep. 29Nov. 23, 2020

  • Sep. 29Nov. 23, 2020
  • Closed Mondays (except when Monday falls on a holiday, in which case the museum is open and closed the following day)
  • Admission:Adults ¥600(480)/College Students ¥480(380)/High School and Junior High School Students, Over 65 ¥300(240) * Admission is free for grade school children or younger; junior high school students living or attending schools in the Tokyo metropolitan area and holders of Japan’s disability identification cards (shogaisha techo) together with one caregiver.* Free admission for everyone on “Citizens Day, ” Oct 1 (Thursday). n Monday falls on a holiday, in which case the museum is open and closed the following day)

This exhibition brings together a wide variety of photographic expressions by Okinawa’s leading artists to convey the appeal of Okinawan photography. Okinawa’s history differs from that of other regions in Japan, and the islands have fostered their own unique culture. These diverse works, produced by living in Okinawa photographers who focus their lens on Okinawa, gaze across the entire Ryukyu Arc (the islands connected in an arc from the Amami Islands to the Yaeyama Islands) to reveal the richness of the islands as well as their unique struggles.

Exhibition Highlights
This is the first collection exhibition since the museum’s opening to consist entirely of photos of Okinawa taken from the 1960s onward. Several photographic works that were newly acquired by the museum specifically for this exhibition will be featured.

Yamada Minoru [1918-2017] 
Higa Yasuo [1938-2000]
Taira Koshichi [1937ー1994] 
Ishimine Takashi [1945-1993]
Heshiki Kenshichi [1948-2009] 
Higa Toyomitsu [1950-] 
Ishikawa Mao [1953-]

□Organized by The Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum
□With a grant from Pola Art Foundation