The J. Paul Getty Museum

[Tokyo, Shinjukugyoen, Shinjuku]

Object Details

Title:

[Tokyo, Shinjukugyoen, Shinjuku]

Artist/Maker:

Shigeichi Nagano (Japanese, 1925 - 2019)

Culture:

Japanese

Place:

Tokyo, Japan (Place Created)

Date:

2000

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Object Number:

2008.11.7

Dimensions:

25.2 × 38.4 cm (9 15/16 × 15 1/8 in.)

Copyright:

© Estate of Shigeichi Nagano

Credit Line:

Purchased with funds provided by the Photographs Council

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Object Description

Since the 1950s Shigeichi Nagano has observed the perpetual rebuilding of Tokyo and created photographs that underscore the evolution of Japan's capital city. His images showcase the built environment in Tokyo as a melting pot of traditional and modern architecture, revealing the city as simultaneously intimate and immense in scale. Capturing residents of Tokyo as they walk the streets and perform routine activities, Nagano reveals how people interact with their surroundings and how they exist in this fast, densely populated capital. His photographs also suggest how the urban landscape of Tokyo reflects a duality between Japan's historic past and its contemporary, forward-looking ambitions.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
In Focus: Tokyo (August 5 to December 14, 2014)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), August 5 to December 14, 2014