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Friday, Oct. 7, 2011
"Hatakeyama Naoya: Natural Stories"
TOKYO METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHY
By YUHEI WADA
The Japanese globe-trotting photographer Naoya Hatakeyama explores our relationship with nature through images of mining sites and mountain landscapes related to the world's mineral resources.
Hatakeyama first became interested in industry and nature during his childhood, having grown up in the then gold-mining city of Rikuzentakata in Iwate Prefecture. Ealier this year, Rikuzentakata was one of the hardest-hit cities during the Great East Japan Earthquake, and the photographer is left with only memories of his hometown.
This exhibition presents images Hatakeyama took of Rikuzentakata after the disaster, as well as many others that remind us of humanity's complex relationship with the environment; till Dec. 4.
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; (03) 3280-0099; Yebisu Garden Place, 1-13-3 Mita, Meguro-ku; 7-min walk from the East Exit of Ebisu Station, Yamanote Line, or a 10-min walk from Ebisu Station, Hibiya Line. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ¥700. Closed Mon. www.syabi.com.