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Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012

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"The sea wall; island without green; Gunkanjima" from "Human Land" (1954-57) © IKKO NARAHARA


"Ikko Narahara: The Sky in my Hands"

Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum

Staff writer

Ikko Narahara first shot to fame in 1956, with "Human Land" — a photographic documentation of expeditions to the deserted Gunkanjima (Battleship Island) in Nagasaki Prefecture, and the lava-ravaged Sakura Island in Kagoshima Prefecture. On those islands, Narahara isolated himself from society, so that he could explore the base human survival instincts.

Later, partly encouraged by childhood memories of Nagasaki as an exciting international hub — it was then the center of Japan's foreign trade and diplomacy — Narahara chose to move to Europe.

A total of 500 works will be on display, including those from "Human Island"; Jan. 2-Feb. 15.

Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum; (095) 833-2110; 2-1 Dejima-machi, Nagasaki; Nagasaki Station, JR Line. 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. (Jan. 2, 3 till 6:00 p.m.). ¥1,000. (Free admission for Jan. 2, 3). Closed on Jan. 15, 28, Feb. 12. www.nagasaki-museum.jp/english.

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