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Friday, Dec. 9, 2011

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"The Old Closes and Streets of Glasgow" (1868) by Thomas Annan

TOKYO

"Street Life: Chronicles of Europe by Seven Photographers" "Elan Photographic: Contemporary Japanese Photography"

TOKYO METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHY


Staff writer

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, social-documentary photography boomed in Europe as cameras went into more popular use. "Street Life" comprises 160 images that document the transformation of various European cities. Taken by artists such as Thomas Annan in Scotland and August Sander in Germany, the photographs depict changes in society from a personal perspective.

Concurrently on show, "Contemporary Japanese Photography" introduces the work of five Japanese artists who explore various contemporary and old photographic techniques to create new forms of artwork. Ken Kitano, for example, uses multiple exposures of dozens of portraits to create a single image; both exhibitions open from Dec. 10-Jan. 29.

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. "Street Life": ¥600; "Contemporary Japanese Photography": ¥700. Closed Mon. www.syabi.com.

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