Thursday, March 12, 2009

"What I’ve Learned from Japanese Photography" Talk by Leo Rubinfien

Announcement from International House of Japan:

Forum: What I’ve Learned from Japanese Photography

Speaker: Leo Rubinfien, Photographer
Moderator: Yoshitaka Mouri, Associate Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts
Date & Time: Thursday, April 23, 2009, 7:00 pm
Venue: Banquet Room, International House of Japan
Admission: Free
Language: English (no Japanese translation provided)

Mr. Leo Rubinfien is an acclaimed photographer and essayist, who served as guest co-curator of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's 2004 retrospective of the work of the great Japanese photographer Shomei Tomatsu. Mr. Rubinfien's work is in the permanent collections of major museums in America, Europe, and Japan, while his writings on photographers of the 20th century are regarded as important texts in the field. His exhibition "Wounded Cities," currently on view in the United States, addresses the psychological impact of terrorism on people in cities throughout the world. His books include A Map of the East (David R. Godine and Thames & Hudson, 1992), Shomei Tomatsu / Skin of the Nation (Co-author with Sandra S. Phillips and John W. Dower, San Francisco MoMA & Yale University Press, 2004), and Wounded Cities (Steidl, 2008). In this lecture/discussion meeting, he will give a talk on Japanese and Western photography from a comparative perspective, with special attention to the work of Tomatsu.

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