Meeting Modernity 12

Meeting Modernity

Unearthed outside of the city of Sano in Tochigi-ken, this portrait photography series documents Japan as it engaged with modernization and commercial photography in the Meiji and Taishō Periods.

The Meeting Modernity series of found photographs is the focus of Néojaponisme’s first traveling exhibition. Recently unearthed outside of the city of Sano in Tochigi-ken, this series of pictures documents Japan as it engaged with modernization and commercial photography in the Meiji and Taishō Periods. The series is comprised of portrait photography in particular.

The exhibition debuted at Young Art, a gallery in Los Angeles’ Highland Park this week.

Meeting Modernity is accompanied by a trio of essays by Ian Lynam, W. David Marx, and Matt Treyvaud reflecting the collection of photographs, the history of Japanese photography, commercial art, and Japanese society.

A limited edition of full-color Meeting Modernity postcard sets has been created for the exhibition and are available at the gallery.

MEETING MODERNITY
September 13- October 4 2008
Opening Reception:
Saturday, September 13, 2008 7-10pm

More:
Young Art Gallery
747 North Avenue 50 Los Angeles CA 90042

If you are in Los Angeles, we heartily encourage you to visit the exhibition. (And to take photos!)

Ian LYNAM
September 19, 2008

Ian Lynam is a graphic designer living in Tokyo and the art director of Neojaponisme. His website is located at ianlynam.com. His new book, Parallel Strokes, on the intersection of graffiti and typography is available now.

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  2. Carrie Says:

    Hi Ian!

    I went by the Young Art Gallery this weekend around 3pm but it was closed!! Its in a kinda sketchy area of LA, so I didn’t hang around too long to find out if the person working had just gone on break. I could look in the window and see some of the collection. It looked really interesting. You mention that there is a collection of essays that go along with the exhibit. Are these essays available somewhere online? I am very fascinated with this time period in Japan and would love to read what you have to say.

    Thanks!

  3. Ian LYNAM Says:

    Hi Carrie,

    Sorry that the gallery was closed when you were there. Glad you didn’t get shanked! ;)

    We haven’t posted the essays online, as we are hoping to publish the photos and essays in a book sometime this year.

    Thanks so much for taking the time out to go check out the exhibit. I really appreciate it.

    (I really liked your review of Real Food Daily on your site- it mirrored my experiences eating there.)

  4. Carrie Says:

    Cool, thanks Ian.

    That will be great if you are able to publish a book. I’m sure you’ll mention on your blog when it comes out. I look forward it!

    Carrie