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"A bond with Tomodachi"
Exhibition by Japan Disaster Recovery Support (JDRS)

March 7 - April 3, 2020
March 9 (Mon.) opening reception
19:00 - 21:00

To commemorate 9th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011, we are exhibiting photographs selected from over 2,000 images taken in the devastated areas. These pictures are from the relief activities records of Japan Self-Defense Forces and U.S. Forces in Japan.

Through this exhibition, we would like to express our gratitude to those who joined the relief efforts and also as a reminder of the importance of disaster preparation in hopes of saving future lives.

We like to thank the US Embassy Tokyo, Reconstruction Agency, Cabinet Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Ministry of Defense for supporting this exhibition.

About JDRS:
The Japan Disaster Recovery Support (JDRS) was setup in prefectures of Shimane, Osaka and Hiroshima 8 yr. ago for the purpose of holding photo exhibitions showcasing the relief activities and volunteer support for people living in disaster-stricken areas following the Great East Japan Earthquake. The JDRS has held 42 exhibitions at various venues, including prefectural and municipal government buildings, department stores and cultural facilities mainly in Osaka, Fukuoka, Hiroshima, and Ehime prefectures, along other cities in Western Japan.

At each venue, volunteer groups and local fire departments, which joined the relief efforts, provided photos of their activities so people in the community could learn about their support.

Contributions for the disaster-stricken areas recovery left in the donation boxes at the exhibitions were given to Japanese Red Cross.

In March 2019, we were authorized as a non-profit organization and opened our headquarters in Osaka. We currently have 25 members, ranging in age from 22 to 84, living in areas between Tokyo and Kyushu planning the exhibitions. In addition, we have the support of over 500
volunteers.

This exhibition at the Foreign Correspondence Club of Japan is our first show in Eastern Japan. Members of the Tokyo Junior Chamber and university students helped to prepare this exhibition.

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Bruce Osborn / FCCJ Exhibition Chair

 

"Mic Check"
Exhibition: Robert Gerhardt

February 8- March 6, 2020
Feb. 10 (Mon.) opening reception
19:00 - 21:00 VIP Room

I began making the photographs in this series in November of 2014 when a Grand Jury absolved a white police officer in the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Two weeks later, a second Grand Jury on Staten Island cleared white police officers in the killing of Eric Garner. The local protests that erupted in response to these decisions in Ferguson and on Staten Island spread to cities and towns across the country. People took to the streets to protest against both Grand Jury decisions, along with overreach, brutality and racism among police forces in general. And as more incidents occurred throughout the country, more protests happened, and people over and over again took to the streets.

In New York City, the mass protests ranged from long marches through the city, to candlelight vigils, to protesters occupying stores in Times Square, and everything in between to get their voices heard. The events would involve hundreds, and in some cases thousands, of people. And they happened so frequently that it was all I could do to stay on top of what was going on in the city. While I had always carried a camera with me, I began packing my camera bag every morning with more and more gear and film so that no matter what happened, and where it happened, I would be ready.

But things have changed since the height of the movement. The national Black Lives Matter Movement has disbanded in many areas, like New York City, where there is no longer a national chapter. This leaves smaller grass roots groups picking up the cause. The number of people who show up to the fewer protests that do happen has dwindled. But the movement marches on non-the-less. But where it will go next, and in what form it will take, has yet to be seen. And what the lasting impact will be on the United States is still up for interpretation.

Biography
Rob's work has been in numerous solo and group exhibitions in North America, Europe and Asia, and is in a number of public and private collections including The Museum of the City of New York, The New York Historical Society, and the Arab American National Museum. His work has also been published both nationally and internationally, including in The Guardian, The Diplomat, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Newsweek, The Hong Kong Free Press, Haaretz, and Suddeutsche Zeitung.

www.RobertGerhardt.com

Robert Gerhardt 340p

Bruce Osborn / FCCJ Exhibition Chair

 

"Mount Fuji Through the Seasons"
Exhibition: Katsura Endō
(JP/ ENG event poster link)
January 11- February 7, 2020

I first remember becoming aware of Mt. Fuji during the summer festival when I was three years old and my family had gone out in a pleasure boat. I still have a vague memory of a firework display and a spectacular Mt. Fuji floating in the night sky. Every morning Mt. Fuji calls out to me, I awake, then go to see it.
I hope you will enjoy these images of a 'tranquil Fuji' under the sun of first year of Reiwa.

Katsura Endō
Born in Hakone, 1958. His grandfather, Yamada Ōsui was a landscape photographer and his father a commercial photographer. Having a natural love of mountains he took part in an expedition to climb Mt. Imja Tse (Island Peak) in the Himalayas during the winter of 1979-80, at the age of 21, holding a solo exhibition upon his return. He has been involved in countless projects as a photographer, but he considers photographing Mt. Fuji to be his life work. He has held numerous solo exhibitions both in Japan and abroad, including: Paris (2003, 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2013), Nichinancho Museum, Ikeda Memorial Museum, Azumino Higashiyamatsutsu Museum, Gallery Seizan, Mitsukoshi, Seibu, Daimaru, Takashimaya, FCCJ, etc. He has also produced series of landscape photographs of Europe, Hakone, etc.

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Bruce Osborn / FCCJ Exhibition Chair

 

CHARLIE COLE Memorial Photo Exhibition: "TANK MAN"

Exhibition Dec. 7, 2019- Jan. 10, 2020

American photographer Charlie Cole won the World Press Photo of the Year in 1989 for his instantly recognizable "Tank Man" photo that depicted a lone protester staring down four tanks in Tiananmen Square, Beijing. He passed away at his home in Bali in early September after apparently suffering complications from a motorcycle injury he sustained in Japan in the late 1990s. The Texas native was 64 and is survived by his wife Rosa.

Cole arrived in Japan in 1980, and over the next two decades, he shot many telling moments in and around Asia for publications including Newsweek, Time, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. When Newsweek sent him to China in late June 1989, to cover the student protests, little did he know that his presence on that hotel balcony overlooking Tiananmen Square would incur the wrath of Chinese authorities who spotted him aiming his 300mm lens. Within minutes, police had forced their way into his room
to retrieve the film, but Cole, suspecting a possible visit, cleverly hid the precious roll of celluloid evidence inside the lid of his toilet, frustrating the authorities no end. Managing to avoid police surveillance, Cole brought the precious image to the Associated Press office in Beijing and had it immediately transmitted to Newsweek in the U.S. "I think his action (the white-shirted man) captured people's hearts everywhere, and when the moment came, his character defined the moment rather than the moment defining him," Cole told a BBC interviewer in 2005.

Charlie, your skill, selflessness and bravery to bring the truth about this history-defining moment, as illustrated so poetically through that one image, ensures that the world will not forget. We will not forget you.

Charlie Cole was born in Texas in 1955. He won the World Press Photo in 1989 for his history-defining "Tank Man" photo. Cole died in Bali at his home in early September aged 64.

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Bruce Osborn / FCCJ Exhibition Chair

 

Kengo Kuma
Nov. 2 - Dec. 6, 2019

FCCJ is hosting an exhibition of my work that will be something of a departure from normal. My architecture is described as "world architecture," and I think this term is very appropriate. The early 20th century saw the emergence of what was called "international architecture," and in the 1980s we started to hear the term "global architecture." But I prefer the term "world architecture," with its connotations of world music. There are current projects involving more than 20 countries that really give me a feeling of being part of a world movement. And this is the spirit that I have tried to convey in my exhibition.

bio
Kengo Kuma & Associates has received prestigious awards, including the Architectural Institute of Japan Award, the Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award (Finland), and the International Stone Architecture Award (Italy), among others. Kengo Kuma & Associates aims to design architecture which naturally merges with its cultural and environmental surroundings, proposing gentle, human scaled buildings. The office is constantly in search of new materials to replace concrete and steel, and seeks a new approach for architecture in a post-industrial society.

His message FCCJ received (please click to download pdf file)

VA Dundee Museum by Ross Fraser McLean 340p

V&A Dundee Museum

photo credit Ross Fraser McLean

Bruce Osborn / FCCJ Exhibition Chair

 

 

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