Change, Uncertainty, and Ambiguity: The Photographs of Shomei Tomatsu

Related Exhibition Shomei Tomatsu

Friday, July 28, 2006, 12:00 p.m.

Koret Visitor Education Center

Tomatsu came of age in postwar Japan, amid a culture shattered by World War II. His photographs of people, cities, and landscapes respond to momentous events, but in a poetic style. Tomatsu's pictures are expressive, symbolic, and deliberately ambiguous rather than simply documentary. Join Gand in an exploration of Tomatsu's distinctive visual language, considering the transformations of his art and his culture over a span of 50 years. The discussion will include a visit to the galleries to engage closely with the photographs.


Elizabeth Gand, curatorial associate, photography, SFMOMA