DOCUMENTARY FUJI

NEWSText: Satsuki Miyanishi

Chris Steele-Perkins, “40 Views of Mt. Fuji”, © Chris Steele-Perkins / Magnum Photos

Exhibition Celebrating Mt.Fuji’s Registration as a World Heritage Site “Documentary FUJI” will be held at Shizuoka Tokaido Hiroshige Museum of Art.

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This exhibition presents Ukiyo-e as a documentary of the Edo Period and features works from 2 series of the Thirty Six Views of Mount Fuji made by the meisho (famous places) artist Utagawa Hiroshige in his late years, as well as 40 Views of Mt.
Fuji by the Ukiyo-e enchanted English photographer Chris Steele-Perkins. As if he was using camerawork techniques with modern composition, Hiroshige sometimes presented Mount Fuji as the main subject of his work, but in fact he was realistically portraying its existence through the Edo residents’ lives. Perkins uses Mount Fuji as just a focal point in his works, but from them tries to present Japanese society. Through Ukiyo-e and photography – the media of their time – moments of everyday landscape are captured and preserved crossing time and countries.

Beside the exjhibition, a talk event by the artist Chris Steele-Perkins, “Mount Fuji Through the Eyes of a Foreign Documentary Photographer – Another Side”, and the Photo Contest “GREAT MOUNT FUJI / My Heritage” will be open as related events.

Mt.Fuji’s Registration as a World Heritage Site “Documentary FUJI”
Date: July 17th – August 11th, 2013 (Part 1), August 13th – September 16th, 2013 (Part 2)
Opening hours: 9:00 – 17:00 (Entrance close 16:30)
Entrance fee: Adult 500 (400) yen, University/High School Students 300 (240) yen, Junior high students and younger as well as Shizuoka City residents over 70 are admitted free of charge, ( ) indicates prices for groups of 20 or more
Place: Shizuoka Tokaido Hiroshige Museum of Art
Address: 297-1 Yui, Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka City 421-3103
Tel: +81 (0)54-375-4454
http://tokaido-hiroshige.jp

Text: Satsuki Miyanishi

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