Rosa Parks Museum to host Japanese photography exhibit exploring the Tohoku region

Posted: Friday, 28 February 2014

MONTGOMERY - An exhibit of photographs examining the region of Japan devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami will be on display at Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum in March.

Sponsored by the Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta, "TOHOKU: Through the Eyes of Japanese Photographers" contains photographs taken from the 1940s to the present day documenting the Tohoku region of Japan, which suffered heavy damage during the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami.

Rather than focusing on the damage and recovery, the photographs celebrate the unique natural and cultural history of Tohoku, along with its people and their way of life.

"Although many people were made aware of this incredible disaster, there was little reporting on the history and cultural background of the region," said Daniel Neil, curator for the Rosa Parks Museum. "This exhibition is intended to fill that gap through the work of photographers."

The exhibit is composed of the work of nine individual photographers and one photographers’ group who belong to a variety of generations and stylistic tendencies but are all from Tohoku.

The exhibition's curator, Kotaro Iizawa, who is recognized internationally as a leading photographic critic, writer and curator, will speak at the museum on March 19. The program is free and open to the public.

The exhibit hall at the Rosa Parks Museum is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

For more information on this exhibit or other upcoming events, contact curator Daniel Neil at (334) 241-8701.