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FIFTY YEARS OF SHŌWA JAPAN The Photography of Kageyama Kōyō

  • 07 Feb 2015
  • 28 Jun 2015
  • Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, 41 Quadrangle Drive, Amherst, MA


The Photography of Kageyama Kōyō 

The photographs of Kageyama Kōyō (1907–1981) document the changing urban landscape of Tokyo during the Shōwa imperial period (1926–1989). Kageyama captured scenes of the city as it rebuilt after the Great Kantō Earthquake of 1923, underwent militarization in the 1930s, endured the years of World Word II and its aftermath, and as it developed into a global metropolis. Simultaneously, and with special poignancy, Kageyama recorded intimate and heartbreaking moments in his family’s life. He also used his camera to draw attention to the pressing social issues of the day—the neglect of war veterans, for example; and the demonstrations against the Mutual Security Treaty in 1960.

This exhibition features the Mead’s collection of photographs by Kageyama Kōyō that reflect the changing face of Tokyo—especially the people on the street—from the 1920s to the 1970s. Representing the only significant collection of Kageyama photographs in the United States, the images on display offer a rarely seen view of Japan, from its carefree dancing couples before the war to its forgotten veterans and malnourished children after.

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