Today, Wednesday 22nd of April 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! The monstrous photomontage of gas mask and globe below is from the original Earth Day, of a world suffocating from pollution, is if anything more relevant today than it was 50 years ago.
Introducing photographer, poet and artist Jun Fujita. Fujita was an Issei, a term used by Japanese Americans referring to the first generation to migrate from Japan. Born on December 13, 1888 in Hiroshima prefecture, he migrated to Canada as a teenager, before finally settling in Chicago in 1909.
“In the spring of 1969 on the outskirts of Torremolinos on the Costa del Sol in Spain, a young photographer, Paul Carter, came across a small blue van. It was home to the Whitfield family who were passing through on their journey around Europe. Over a few days he took photos of the family, the local people living and working around them, the tourists and the new high rise apartments.”
Not only known for her tubular steel furniture, but Charlotte Perriand’s work also took a defining Eastern lean when she visited Japan in 1940-42. A trip whose influences permeated the rest of her design career, and one which is concisely curated and illustrated at this retrospective exhibition currently on at the Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo.