New Acquisitions: 2016
October 21, 1968, Anti-War Day, Shinjuku Incident, Tokyo
Each of these five images documents a key event in Tokyo just before the renewal of the controversial US–Japan Security Treaty, or Anpo, in 1970. By photographing the riots in Shinjuku and at Tokyo University, protests in the Kanda district, and a memorial service in Hibiya Park, Hamaguchi Takashi captured the atmosphere of violence and tension that marked much of this tumultuous period.
Born in 1931 and now based in Yokohama City, Hamaguchi began photographing in the 1950s, focusing especially on major social and political events in Japan. After winning awards from Mainichi and Asahi Camera, he joined the Japan Professional Photographers Society and continued to gain recognition throughout the 1960s–1970s for his work shooting student protests, reactions to American military bases, and demonstrations against the construction of Narita Airport. His first solo exhibition was presented in 1968 at the Nikon Salon photography gallery, followed by the publication of his first photobook in 1969. From the 1970s to the 2000s, he continued to publish his images of protests, natural disasters, and Hokkaido and Mount Fuji. These five images printed by the artist were published in the acclaimed photobooks University Struggle Towards ANPO 70 and Document Angle.