April 2021 Exhibition: Soliloquy of the Full Moon

April 2021 Exhibition: Soliloquy of the Full Moon
Artwork by Kozo Chiba

April 3 - May 7, 2021

At this time, when people find it difficult to throw off the feelings of unease brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, I am very grateful to the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Japan for having been offered this opportunity to hold an exhibition.

As a result of the pandemic, I have held a virtual exhibition on the Internet in order to allow people to see my work, but although this experiment could be considered a success with regard to health safety, I cannot help but feel that it focused on data dissemination than art.

However,  as an artist I am excited at the thought of holding this exhibition in a real space,  allowing people to take the time to experience the warmth of my work in person as they travel through the world created in my pictures and enjoy the absurd worldview presented there.

In closing, I would like to take this opportunity to offer my heartfelt gratitude to Bruce Osborn and his wife, Yoshiko, for making this exhibition possible, to Koike Keiko of KEPT, my father and mother for their unflagging support, and all my friends for their help.

Kozo Chiba

March 2021 Exhibition: An Oath with Tomodachi

March 2021 Exhibition: An Oath with Tomodachi
Organized by Japan Disaster Recovery Support
March 8 - April 2, 2021

In memory of the tenth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, the March exhibition will show photographs selected from over 2,000 pictures depicting rare scenes taken at devastated areas. These images have been kept as internal records of relief activities by the Self-Defense Forces and the US Forces in Japan.

Through this exhibition, we would like to show our gratitude to those who joined the relief activities and to inform people about the importance of disaster preparation in hope of saving more lives in the future.

The exhibition is supported by US Embassy in Tokyo, the Reconstruction Agency, the Cabinet Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defense.

Bruce Osborn / FCCJ Exhibition Chair

February 2021 Exhibition: International Women in Photo Award 2020

February 2021 Exhibition: International Women in Photo Award 2020
February 6 to March 5, 2021

International Women in Photo, IWPA, is a French nonprofit association with two global missions: to promote women photographers of all origins and nationalities, and to work for parity and equality through photography around the world.

The roots of IWPA’s goals lie in the underrepresentation of women photographers, who do not receive sufficient recognition or assignments, and whose work comprises a tiny percentage of all the photographs we see daily in the press, social media, museums and art exhibitions. IWPA also draws attention to social issues that are often ignored or simply not covered by a male-dominated perspective of the world.

January 2021 Exhibition: The Year of the Cow

January 2021 Exhibition: The Year of the Cow
Group exhibition
Jan. 9 - Feb. 5, 2021

Welcome to the Year of the Cow, the 2nd in the 12 year cycle of animals. As the rat scurries away, the cow is faced with many unresolved challenges from the previous year. The 2021 is the year of the White Metal Cow which is considered to be gentle and responsible, but also stubborn. We hope our knight in shining armor, I mean cow, will help save the day and lead us to greener pastures. Starting off this year's exhibitions on a bright note, we hope you'll enjoy seeing our cow show.

Wishing everyone a safe and Happy New Year!

Bruce Osborn / FCCJ Exhibition Chair

 

December 2020 Exhibition: Photography by Joe Honda

TOTAL RECALL
REMEMBERING JAPANʼS TEMPLE OF SPEED
Photography by Joe Honda
Exhibition from Dec.5th to Jan.8th

Total Recall brings to life memories from motorsport's golden age through a series of historic and rare photographs from Joe Honda's rediscovered archive.

In partnership with award-winning photo laboratory Shashin Kosha, the exhibition shines a light on Japan's first international race at the Fuji Speedway in 1966 and the nation's emergence on the global motorsport scene. To the Japanese cognoscenti, the American Indianapolis 500 was a celebrated race, and hosting the first international indy event in Japan would signal their country's arrival as an industrial power.

When 26-year-old Honda went to document that race, he never expected it would change the course of his life. But a chance encounter with British driver Jackie Stewart at the Fuji Speedway that day triggered his resolve to venture abroad to document the people, culture and technology at the heart of the global motorsport scene.

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November 2020 Exhibition

November Exhibition
It Takes A Village:
A Visual Journey Through ARK’s 30 Years In Support of Animals

November 7th - December 4th 2020

When Elizabeth Oliver first opened the doors of her home to set up a refuge for abandoned and abused animals in 1990, she had already been a 10-year veteran in the Kansai area volunteering for a national welfare organization.  Long troubled by the negligible rate of adoption and alternative care options for animals against an extremely high number being routinely euthanized by the Public Health facilities and animal welfare groups, Oliver’s new organization, Animal Refuge Kansai, quickly became a leading advocate for education and change to improve the plight of pets and to tighten laws governing the unregulated state of the pet industry.

October 2020 Exhibition

Photo Correspondent Stanley Troutman; From Hollywood to the Pacific War
Postponed to October Year 2020 (originally planned For April)
COVID 19: No opening reception

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Los Angeles native Stanley Troutman entered his profession when a neighborhood friend, Coy Watson Jr., a former childhood movie star helped him secure a job at the LA bureau of Acme Newspictures in 1937. Starting out as a "hypo bender" or darkroom assistant, the 20 year old Troutman worked his way up to a staff photographer position and within a year was covering the golden era of Hollywood. When Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941, Troutman was 24 years old. While most men his age were entering into the military, Troutman was exempt from service due to being a journalist, something the Department of War deemed vital to the Homefront. Even so, he believed in joining the war effort and in 1944 volunteered to be a war correspondent.

September 2020 Exhibition

Cotton Fields
Photography by Osamu Nagahama
Sept. 5 - Oct. 2, 2020

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The exhibition of "Cotton Fields," a collection of photographs of Bluesmen, taken by photographer Osamu Nagahama in the Southern United States. Nagahama started listening to American music at FEN (Far East Network, now AFN) when he was in elementary school, especially devoted himself to the goodness of the Blues. Since then, while shooting as a commercial photographer, his longing for Bluesman has been hard to break, and for four years since he was about 50 years old, he has traveled to the Southern United States for 10 times and photographed 70 Bluesmen, whom he met in the landscape of ghetto in the deep south, where almost no foreign people can enter. His passion resonates with the souls of the tough-looking Bluesman. We may hear the sounds from the portraits.
This exhibition settled commemorate with the publication launch of "Cotton Fields" on February 2020.

March 2020 Exhibition

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

March 7 - April 17, 2020 (Update as of April 3, 2020: extended period)

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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.

February 2020 Exhibition

"Mic Check"
Exhibition: Robert Gerhardt

February 8- March 6, 2020

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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.