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Artwork by YUSUKE HANAI
Sept. 05 - Oct. 02, Main Bar

20151004 Yusuke Hanai 500 

Since I was a very young boy, I have always loved to draw, but becoming an artist or an illustrator never even crossed my mind. My friends and I used to draw caricatures of interesting people that we encountered in our daily lives, and shared these images amongst ourselves for a laugh. I discovered surfing when I was in high school, when the older neighborhood surfers took me to the beach. The surfers that I encountered were all quite unique, extremely funny and sometimes utterly ridiculous. These strange characters fascinated me. They became the subject of many of my drawings.This show is the interesting, and often ridiculous aspects of surfing. I have learned so much from surfing and surfers and so there exists a plethora of interesting themes to work from. I love their individuality, how they live life with a passion, how they care about the environment, how they carry a sense of adventure, how they care deeply about their friends, how they care about their local environment, and how they try not to get caught up dragged into the system. This exhibition features illustrations I made for Surfer’s Journal along with other recent pieces.Yusuke Hanai has been exhibited in Australia, Brazil, California, London, New York, Paris, and Tokyo. His artwork is featured in BEAMS, VANS, NIXON, GRAVIS...etc.

http://hanaiyusuke.com
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June exhibition

Photo Exhibition by Michael E. J. Stanley 

June 3 - 30, 2017
FCCJ Main Bar 

38 years ago, I arrived in Japan and thought I might end up working here for a while. It seems like that happened yesterday. It was the right place at the right time; I found a demand for my photographic skills and the economy was booming. Editorial clients - among them most of the major Japanese magazine publishers - offered me assignment work in places I had only dreamed about visiting. The images displayed in this exhibition are drawn from various assignments and projects both within Japan and overseas; they are obviously only a tiny fraction of what I shot over a span of 30+ years. A greater variety - both in the number of images and in the variety of topical "genres" - is presented on my website, www.mejstanley.com.

All of the photographs here were shot in analog format using 35mm monochrome negative or color reversal film; something now rare in this new world of instant digital imagery. A lot has changed in recent years, and the analog world is fading away. Film with a silver halide-based emulsion is edging toward the ranks of the bygone where it will join wet-plate glass negatives and tintypes.

Please consider yourself heartily welcomed to this exhibition; I hope visitors will enjoy taking a moment to view the photos on display and perhaps imbibe a bit of the atmosphere of the places and moments shown, a sense of 'being there'.

Michael E. J. Stanley was born in Santa Monica, California. When still in his early teens, he began studying photography under the tutelage of his father, Hollywood cinematographer Frank W. Stanley A.S.C. At the same time, his interest in things Asian began to grow, and in his university years he concentrated on ethnology, archaeology, and linguistics of the Asia-Pacific region. In 1979, he arrived in Japan and began to settle in, working with a variety of Japanese periodicals. At first, his work centered on only still photography, but soon expanded to cover both the images and the article writing as well. Notable Japanese magazines such as Brutus, Sinra, Sports Graphic Number, Bungei Shunju, Shukan Bunshun, and Mainichi Graph were among his clients. In the 1990s, he began shooting documentary video for the Fuji Television Network, and in 1998 he began teaching at the university level - at first at Tama University and then at Meiji University.

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To All Members:
Evidence NAGASAKI: within 1 km of Ground Zero
photo exhibition by Akira Matsumura
Aug. 1 - Sept. 4 Main Bar and Masukomi Sushi

aug.2015

It has been seventy years since the atomic bomb was dropped and Nagasaki now looks no different from other cities. Everything about the atomic bomb tends to be forgotten, seen as something from the past. Media coverage is more or less limited to the atomic bomb's anniversary, mainly news reports on the day of the ceremony. For this work, I photographed the atomic bomb remains and relics that were within one kilometer of the hypocenter at the time of the bombing. I sincerely hope these various close-up photographs will be remembered as the evidence for generations to come.

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Akira Matsumura was born in Kyoto in 1946. After studying photography at Nihon University, he worked for Mainichi Newspaper from 1965 - 2005. He has received considerable acclaim for his work, including the Tokyo Press Photographers Association Award for a photo series on the 50th year since the end of World War II. In addition, Matsumura has published several photo books and had a number of exhibitions. After leaving the newspaper, he taught photography at the Zokei Art College in Kyushu and in 2014 opened Matsumura Akira Photo School in Fukuoka City (Kyushu). Recently Matsumura published his photo book "Evidence NAGASAKI" which is the subject of this exhibition.

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OYAKO Parents & Children
Photo exhibition by Bruce Osborn 
Main Bar July 04 - 31, 2015
july.2015

I began taking photos of parents and children as a way of looking at Japanese culture and the changes from one generation to the next. In the 33 yr. since starting this series, I have taken thousands Oyako and the project has grown in ways I never expected. In 2003, my wife and I started Oyako Day social action which is on the 4th Sunday of July. On Oyako Day, I take photos of 100 families in an all day Super Photo Session. July 26 will be our 13th Oyako Day event. For more information about Oyako Day, go to the website.

www.oyako.org

* Photos in this exhibition are from an ongoing series I'm taking for Mainichi Newspaper.

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Originally from Los Angeles, Bruce Osborn has been based in Tokyo since 1980. His photos can be seen in numerous publications and advertisements, both in Japan and overseas. Bruce has gotten a number of awards and published several photo books. In addition, he shoots and directs TV commercials and music clips. In 2014, a movie was made about Bruce and his Oyako project.

oyakomovie.com
www.bruceosborn.com

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Japan Photo exhibition by Naoki Honjo
Main Bar June 6 - July 3

june.2015

Naoki Honjo is a renowned photographer with his unique photographing method of making a reality into unreal. With his 4x5 large format film camera, he adjusts a focal point and captures our daily lives that become a whole different world. His works point out how vague and ambiguous the universe that we assume we know is. He has been taking bird's?eye view photos of landscapes, cities, buildings, and artifacts of the present day around the world including USA, France, England,

Africa and China. Among them, he chose Japan to show the traditional architectures and landscapes.

Naoki Honjo

Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1978.

He graduated from Tokyo Polytechnic University Graduate School of Arts with a MFA in Media Art Course. Since then, he has had many solo exhibitions and participated group exhibitions including "Reality Check: Truth and Illusion in ontemporary Photography" that was held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He received the 32nd Kimura Ihe Award with his first photo book, "small planet" in 2006. His works are in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the useum of Fine Arts, Houston.

http://honjonaoki.com
http://napgallery.jp

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