Sunday 5/08/2005


The post-war period in Japanese photography was dominated by neo-realism. Among the striking photographs are Hayashi Tadahiko's "Smoking War Orphans" from the "Days in Dregs" series. It features two small raggedy street urchins sharing the last puffs of a cigarette. Another compelling image is of the doomed novelist Dazai Osamu, taken by Hayashi Tadahiko in 1946. Dazai is sitting on a barstool with his legs on an adjacent stool, a newspaper sticking out of his trousers. The writer's works reflected the wide disillusionment of modern Japanese youth following military defeat.

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