press release

This retrospective, drawn almost entirely from the artist’s collection, comprises roughly 200 black and white photographs (and some later color prints) executed over a period of thirty years. The exhibition is tentatively grouped in the following sections: A-Bomb; Après-Guerre; Japan as It Was Before; Occupiers; Americanization; I Am a King; The Core of Japan; The Storm of Youth; The South; The Skin of the Nation; and The Post-Postwar.

Corcoran Coordinator: Philip Brookman, Senior Curator of Photography and Media Arts. Shomei Tomatsu: Skin of the Nation is organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in association with Japan Society, New York. The exhibition is generously sponsored by an anonymous donor and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. Additional support has been provided by Mr. and Mrs. William S. Fisher, Prentice and Paul Sack, and Allan Alcorn.

Skin of the Nation’s presentation at the Corcoran is made possible through the generous support of the Trellis Fund, Deane and Paul Shatz, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, and The President’s Exhibition Fund.


Shomei Tomatsu: Skin of the Nation