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This exhibition features colorful American-style photographs taken in 1978 in and around Washington, D.C. by photographer Masahiro Nogami, who continued to photograph the Tokyo culture scene in the late 1960s and early 1970s, including documents of “Happiendo,” which began with his interaction with Haruomi Hosono.



Period: 2023.02.11sat.-26sun. 1-13-21 Kyomachibori, Nishi-ku, Osaka-city, Osaka 13:00-19:00 Closed on Monday Inquiry: Opening reception and gallery talk February 11 (Sat.) 15:00- Admission free, no reservation required


Study of Americana” was a “visual exploration of Americanness” by Masahiro Nogami, who was 31 years old at the time of shooting. The series of photographs taken by Nogami in 1978 in and around Washington, D.C., covered an area along the National Highway from Washington to Arlington, Virginia, in the south, and to Baltimore, Maryland, in the north. Nogami found the area’s charm in its ordinariness, and meticulously documented scenes that seemed out of step with the times, yet were full of powerful American-style colors and designs. Clothing stores and barbershops, movie theaters with art deco architecture, supermarkets, gas stations, diners, billboards, parking meters, and so on, all of them are places where people stop by in their cars. This exhibition will feature nearly 40 works from “Study of Americana,” a collection of photographs taken 45 years ago.

Masahiro Nogami

Born in Tokyo in 1947, Nogami graduated from Rikkyo University in 1970 with a degree in sociology. After working as an assistant at Masayoshi Sukita’s office, he became a freelance photographer in 1972. In 1974, he moved to the U.S. and settled in Los Angeles. Moved to the East Coast and lived in Washington D.C. and Arlington, Va. His work has been featured in numerous solo exhibitions and photography collections.

1978 Exploration of Americana” Price: 7,000 yen + tax OSILIS

Available for sale at the exhibition during the exhibition period.

Access to the venue: (1) Five-minute walk north from Exit 28 of Hommachi Station on the Midosuji and Yotsubashi Lines, five-minute walk south from Exit 7 of Higobashi Station on the Yotsubashi Line.

Please refrain from coming to the venue if you have a fever or feel unwell.


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