ARCHIVED ONLINE LECTURE - Japanese Photography since 1945, with Dr Lena Fritsch
Thursday 23 November 2023
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The Japan Society is delighted to partner with Circle of Japanese Art London to host a zoom lecture by Dr Lena Fritsch, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.
There are currently two exhibitions in London that showcase Japanese photography: Daido Moriyama: A Retrospective at The Photographers Gallery and Hiroshi Sugimoto at Hayward Gallery. Dr Fritsch’s talk contextualises these exhibitions. Based on her book Ravens & Red Lipstick: Japanese Photography since 1945, she surveys modern Japanese photography, looking at the work of Moriyama, Sugimoto, and other major figures, such as Eikoh Hosoe, Miyako Ishiuchi and Mika Ninagawa.
Dr Lena Fritsch is the Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, where she works on exhibitions, displays and acquisitions of international art. She was co-curator of the 2022 Roppongi Crossing triennial of contemporary Japanese art at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo. Before joining the Ashmolean, she held curatorial roles at Tate Modern and the National Museums in Berlin. One of her main research areas is Japanese art and photography of the 20th and 21st centuries. She teaches courses on Japanese art at the University of Oxford and regularly lectures at SOAS, V&A, etc. Her publications on Japanese photography include Ravens & Red Lipstick: Japanese Photography since 1945 (Thames & Hudson/Seigensha, 2018 and 2024), Tokyo: Art & Photography (Ashmolean, 2021), an English-language version of Daido Moriyama’s Tales of Tono (Tate Publishing, 2012) and The Body as a Screen: Japanese Art Photography of the 1990s (Georg Olms, 2011). Fritsch holds a PhD from Bonn University, and also studied at Keio University, Tokyo.
Images: Left: Daido Moriyama, untitled from Hunter series, 1972. © Daido Moriyama Photo Foundation. Right: Ravens & Red Lipstick: Japanese Photography since 1945 by Dr Lena Fritsch.
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