Tokyo BEFORE/AFTER Photography Exhibition

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April 11th, 2018 - July 11th, 2018

Cost: Free
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Top images (left to right):
Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation 02/21/2011; Mika Ninagawa, TOKYO INNOCENCE (2015); Image from photo album Nippon (1938).

Japan Foundation Touring Exhibition: April 11 – July 11, 2018


Photography Exhibition

This touring exhibition “Tokyo Before/After” features 80 pieces of photography in two groups. The historical works shot in Tokyo in the 1930s to 1940s are displayed in contrast with contemporary pieces created after 2010.

Before World War II, the city of Tokyo in the 1930s and 1940s was about to complete the urban structural framework as a contemporary metropolis. Photographers took expressive advantage of the high technical level of their medium in order to fix the images of a vibrant, urban space, where the traditional and the modern co-existed and clashed at the same time.

Nobuyoshi Araki, Tombeau Tokyo (2016/2017)

In contrast, after 2010 Tokyo enfolds the fluid social condition of the era after the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and is experiencing even greater transformation, aiming towards the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020. Rapid digitalization of the photographic method influences the characteristics of photographic expression; thus, the individuality and viewpoint of each artist are more clearly visible than ever.

In comparing the two groups of photography from these different eras, the figures of Tokyo in the past, present, and future are distinctively intensifying. Tokyo is drawing international attention in the light of the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020. We hope that exhibition visitors will deepen their understanding of the multi-faceted megacity of Tokyo through the photographs by Japanese artists in this touring exhibition.

Participating artists – “Before”
Artists published in Koga (1932-1933):
Yasuzo Nojima, Masao Horino, Ihei Kimura, Yotsuo Kono, Hyoue Sakuma, Koujiro Iida, Hajime Okano

Artists published in Nippon (1938):
Yonosuke Natori and others

Kineo Kuwabara  (1913-2007)

Participating artists – “After”
Nobuyoshi Araki, Mika Ninagawa, Motoyuki Daifu, Shintaro Sato, Shinya Arimoto, Natsumi Hayashi, Kenta Cobayashi, Daido Moriyama



Mon 11:30 am – 6:30 pm EXTENDED HOURS

Tues 11:30 am – 4:30 pm

Wed 11:30 am – 4:30 pm

Thurs 11:30 am – 6:30 pm EXTENDED HOURS

Fri 11:30 am – 4:30 pm


Saturday openings:

11:00 am – 4:00 pm

April 14, 28, May 12, 26, June 9, 23, July 7

Doors Open Toronto: May 26 & 27

Closed: Other Saturdays and Sundays

May 21 (Victoria Day)




Show The Japan Foundation, Toronto

2 Bloor Street East

Hudson’s Bay Centre, 3rd floor

Above Royal Bank of Canada 416.966.1600 x229



April 11th, 2018
July 11th, 2018
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Doors Open:
11:30 am
Not required


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