Itapan: A Look at Photography from Italy and Japan
A curated selection of rare photographs, photography books, and magazines from Italy and Japan.
The photographers from Japan illustrate important yet alternate paths in Japanese photography.
We have one of the earliest reprints of Stray Dog, 1984, by Daido Moriyama and fromKikuji Kawada published a series of photographs entitled Nude in which he took pictures of Old Master and Renaissance paintings on a trip to Europe. He compiled a large book of these images that is on view. Work of photographing paintings was realized a decade later by Hiroshi Sugimoto in larger-than-life images; the series is an important part of his oeuvre. Also on display are other vintage photographs from Moriyama, Sugimoto, Nobuyoshi Araki, Hiroshi Hamaya, Yasuhiro Ishimoto, and Shoji Ueda.
This show was sparked by a couple of recent acquisitions in Italy of work by photographers still little known in America.