Shōmei Tōmatsu

Prostitute, Nagoya, 1958/2003

Gelatin-silver print, 35.4 x 25.2 cm
Collection Fotomuseum Winterthur
Inv. no. 2007-026-001
© Shomei Tomatsu/Courtesy PRISKA PASQUER, Köln

Shōmei Tōmatsu
b. 1930 (Nagoya, JP) - 2012 (Naha, JP)

Shomei Tomatsu is a mighty figure in post-war Japanese photography, who has intensively explored the nature of a Japan forced to accept Americanization. For a long time, however, the situation was not only viewed as a pure occupation, but also as an emancipation from a stultified society. There is the Tomatsu of old Japan, of the atom bomb, and of Americanization. And then there is the Tomatsu of southern Japan, of the search for peace, authenticity, and a home in nature. His photographs consistently emphasize the scanning of the skin of the earth, the skin of society.