Kishin Shinoyama (b. 1940). His offerings from the 1960’s not only document a decade. They are also invaluable to any survey of Tokyo photography from that period. The work reveals much about the era depicting snapshots of the student protest movement, fashion shows, dancers, avant-garde theatre troops and, of course the nude shots that would subsequently form a major motif in his oeuvre.
During the 1960’s Japan was a politically charged place. Experiencing rapid economic growth under the alliance with the United States. Politics, culture and society. This was the decade when ‘possibilities’ reached a critical point as contradicting elements were forced to react with one another. The photographs emerging from the Japanese capital during this period constitute the place where this metamorphosis occurred in the most radical way. It was in the midst of this charged atmosphere that Shinoyama was taking his photographs.
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