Photography Now

China, Japan, Korea

September 12-December 20, 2009

Drawn entirely from SFMOMA's collection, Photography Now showcases pictures by nearly 30 contemporary artists working in China, Japan, and Korea. Documentary work from China depicts a shifting culture, in particular rapid urbanization and the effects of industrialization on society. Inspired by Robert Frank, Luo Dan journeyed from Shanghai to Tibet, making pictures that explore dramatic economic changes across China. In Japan, Rinko Kawauchi makes lyrical pictures that focus on the poetic details of daily life, and Yasumasa Morimura examines the nature of cultural identity through appropriation. Korean photographer Bohnchang Koo's minimal photographs of ordinary architectural elements reflect upon the passage of time.

This exhibition is organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and is generously supported by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.

  • Zhang Huan, Foam (1), 1998; chromogenic print; Collection SFMOMA, gift of Vicki and Kent Logan; Zhang Huan
  • Luo Dan, Anhui Huaining, from the series China Route 318, 2006; inkjet print; Collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund; Luo Dan
  • Liu Zheng, Folk Entertainer, Lingqui County, Shanxi Province, from the series The Chinese, 1995; gelatin silver print; Collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund; Liu Zheng
  • Seung Woo Back, Real World 1 No. 3, 2004; digital pigment print; Collection the artist, courtesy Sarah Lee Artworks and Projects; Seung Woo Back
  • Li Lang, Riha, Zhaojue, Sichuan, China, from the series The Yi People, 2002; gelatin silver print; Collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund; Li Lang