Acclaimed Japanese Photographer
Miyoshi K
z to Give Lecture and
Gallery Talk at Amherst College

September 11, 2012
, 413-542-2295

AMHERST, Mass. -- On Thursday, Sept. 13, at 4:30 p.m. in conjunction with the exhibition
Reinventing Tokyo: Japan's Largest City in the Artistic Imagination at Amherst College's Mead Art Museum, acclaimed Japanese photographer Miyoshi Kōzō (b. 1947), whose work is featured in the exhibition, will offer a slide lecture about his art in Pruyne Lecture Hall in Fayerweather Hall at Amherst College. Immediately after the lecture, he will give a gallery talk in the exhibition at the Mead.

Miyoshi is an extraordinarily talented photographer known for his street photographs of Tokyo, published as the series Neighborhood in 1999 and Tokyo Drive in 2006. Some of his images of the city are reminiscent of the past; others remind viewers that modern Tokyo is constantly in flux. Miyoshi is the recipient of numerous awards, including a fellowship from the Japanese Ministry of Education to work at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Ariz., in 1991. He ended up staying the United States for six years traveling widely. He published his American photographs in two collections,
Far East and Southwest: The Photography of Kōzō Miyoshi (University of Arizona Center for Creative Photography, 1994), which juxtaposes images of rural Japan with those of the rural United States, and In the Road (Nazraeli Press, 1999). His work was shown at the prestigious Domani: The Art of Tomorrow 2010 exhibition at The National Art Center, Tokyo, where he presented photographs of saguaro cacti with cherry trees. Miyoshi was born in Chiba Prefecture, to the east of Tokyo, and attended Nihon University, where he currently teaches. His most recent work records the devastation in northern Japan from the 2011 tsunami and earthquake.

"We're delighted to be bringing Miyoshi Kōzō to Amherst. His portrayals of Tokyo's neighborhoods are some of the highlights of the exhibition Reinventing Tokyo,"
remarked guest curator Samuel Morse, the Howard M. and Martha P. Mitchell Professor of Art History and Asian Languages and Civilizations at Amherst College. "This special opportunity to meet one of Japan's most prominent photographers promises unique insights into street photography as it is practiced in contemporary Japan and into the culture of Japan's largest city."

Both the lecture and the gallery talk are free and open to the public. This event is made possible with generous support from the Toshiba International Foundation.

Miyoshi's works in Reinventing Tokyo are reproduced in the
richly illustrated scholarly catalogue that accompanies the exhibition. Published by the University Press of New England and featuring essays by Morse, Trent Maxey, Timothy Van Compernolle, John W. Dower and Yamashita Yuji the catalogue is available from the Mead Art Museum's bookshop, the University Press of New England and other booksellers.

This is the first of three lectures by artists whose works are featured in Reinventing Tokyo. Motoda Hisaharu will offer a lecture on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 4 p.m., and Yamaguchi Akira will offer a lecture on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 4:30 p.m. For a complete list of events accompanying the exhibition, please visit the museum's website:  

image credit (detail): Miyoshi Kōzō (Japanese, b. 1947), Nihonbashi, from the series Tokyo Drive (Tokyo junkie), 2001. Gelatin silver print, 17 1/2 x 22 1/8 in. (44.3 x 56.1 cm). Courtesy of the Artist and Photo Gallery International, Tokyo [photo: © Miyoshi Kōzō] 

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