Tokyo Photo 2013

During its five-year run Tokyo Photo has rapidly grown into one of the key Japanese art fairs. As most things in Japan the fair is relatively small compared to the Western analogues, but its importance to the local market of fine photography can't be underestimated. Led by the fair's larger-than-life founder, Tomohiro Harada, co-founder, Takeshi Arthur Thornton, and a photographer in her own right, Vanessa Franklin, Tokyo Photo 2013 is a big step forward from last year's glossy, post 3/11 everything-is-fine assortment. Excellent Yumiko Chiba Associates collection of 70s conceptual Japanese photography, Ed Ruscha's “On the Road” at Gagosian and a special exhibition “Pictures From Moving Cars” curated by the fair's patron, curator of photography and art at Tate Modern, Simon Baker, set the tone of this predominantly black and white affair. A new, surprisingly apt location, the city's landmark, Zōjō-ji temple, emphasized the fair's origin and opened the door to the newly-found identity, making the whole experience more festive. With a good record of continuously reinventing itself Tokyo Photo is well on the way to becoming a household name in the world of photography and the home base for many amazing Japanese photographers.

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