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Barbara Morgan,
Barbara Morgan, "Pure Energy and Neurotic Man", 1941, Gelatin silver print, Collection of Tokyo Photographic Art Museum
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Light as Medium: The TOP Collection

Mar. 2Jun. 5, 2022

  • Mar. 2Jun. 5, 2022
  • Closed Mondays (However, Mar 21, and May 2, are open), Mar 22.
  • Admission:Adults ¥600 / College Students ¥480 / High School and Junior High School Students, Over 65 ¥300. *Admission is free for grade school children or younger; junior high school students living or attending schools in the Tokyo metropolitan area, holders of Japan’s disability identification cards (shogaisha techo) together with two caregiver, and holders of the museum’s annual passport.

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The Tokyo Photographic Art Museum regularly presents masterpieces selected from its collection. This exhibition, Light as Medium: The TOP Collection, focuses on “drawing with light,” the literal meaning of the English word “photograph,” in exhibiting works that focus on the creativity that photographs, transcending their documentary nature, can achieve. The essence of the medium is capturing light on a light-sensitive support (often paper). Artists making use of the agency of light have created a variety of expressive formats, even trying at times to capture invisible energy in their images.
 With “drawing with light” as its lens, this exhibition brings together work by twenty-nine artists, the most suitable, and most striking work for reconsidering their medium. In addition to photographs from the TOP Collection, the exhibits include works owned by the artists, art galleries, and private collectors, brought together for their appreciation.

Alfred Stieglitz, EQUIVALENT, From the series 20, No.9, 1929
Alfred Stieglitz, "EQUIVALENT", From the series '20, No.9', 1929, Gelatin silver print, Collection of Tokyo Photographic Art Museum

Minor White Windowsill Daydreaming, Rochester, New York 1958 Gelatin silver print
Minor White, "Windowsill Daydreaming, Rochester, New York", 1958, Gelatin silver print, Collection of Tokyo Photographic Art Museum

Barbara Morgan,
Barbara Morgan, "Martha Graham, Letter to the World, Kick", 1940, Gelatin silver print, Collection of Tokyo Photographic Art Museum

Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946)
Minor White (1908-1976)
Ansel Adams (1902-1984)
Barbara Morgan (1900-1992)
Walter Chappell (1925-2000)
Jaromir Stephany (1930-2010)
Paul Caponigro (1932- )
Edmund Teske (1911-1996)
Kazuna Taguchi (1979- )
W. Eugene Smith (1918-1978)
James Welling (1951- )
Tokihiro Sato (1957- )
Jun Itoi (1971- )
William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877)
László Moholy-Nagy (1895-1946)
Man Ray (1890-1976)
Laure Albin Guillot (1879-1962)
Ei-Q (1911- 1960)
Tsune Sugimura (1926-1991)
Kunie Sugiura(1942- )
Susan Derges (1955- )
Christian Schad (1894-1982)
Alvin Langdon Coburn (1882-1966)
Harry Callahan (1912-1999)
Josef Sudek (1896-1976)
Emmet Gowin (1941- )
Anna Atkins (1799-1871)
André Kertész (1894-1985)
Paul Strand (1890-1976)

Total: 100 Works (Tentative) 

About The TOP Collection
The museum collects, in addition to the photographic works (original prints) that are the focus of the collection, a wide range of other materials that facilitate a comprehensive understanding of photographic culture. [more detail]

*The schedule is subject to change. Any further changes will be announced.

Organized by: Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum
With assistance from: J-WAVE 81.3 FM