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William Klein Exhibition in Tokyo

New Planet Photo City
21_21 Design Sight Gallery
February 23 - June 10


21_21 DESIGN SIGHT will hold an exhibition, "NEW PLANET PHOTO CITY - William Klein and Photographers Living in the 22nd Century -" from February 23, 2018. We welcome the photography critic and art historian, Toshiharu Ito, as the exhibition director. Ito is the author of many books about photos and art and he has also worked on the planning of exhibitions.


It will soon be two centuries since photography was invented. An astronomical number of photos have been produced in this period of nearly 200 years, along with innovations in technology and networks, drastic changes have occurred in their forms of expression, their production techniques, and the relationship between the creator and the recipient.


Leading 20th century photographer William Klein had a decisive influence on modern visual culture with his expression that went beyond genres such as photography, movies, design and fashion, and his works capturing the cities of the world, including New York, Rome, Moscow, Tokyo, Paris, etc.


In this exhibition, we will introduce the city vision of Klein and the Japanese and Asian photographers trying to examine the cities and people of the 21st century with a fresh perspective and greatly transcend the frames of conventional photos. Please take a look at this new adventure in visual communication which attempts to depict the heartbeat of future photo cities toward the 22nd century.


Organized by
Special Sponsor
Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd.


Participating Creators
William Klein, Naoki Ishikawa + Yasuhiro Morinaga, Kunihiko Katsumata, Shen Chao-Liang, Ayano Sudo, TAKCOM, Yuki Tawada, Sohei Nishino, Mina Park, Satoshi Fujiwara, Takahiro Mizushima, Sachigusa Yasuda