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My Women of Japan Photos in Budapest Exhibition: Online Opening 6/4

Laurie says:

Okuda Yoko

I’m very excited to be in a curated international photography exhibition, Imagination , at the PH21 Gallery in Budapest. The two photos are from Women of Japan. It runs from June 4 – 27, 2020. There is an online opening at 7PM Budapest time (calculate the time in your city) on June 4th (Google meet  or Facebook)


I have two photographs in the exhibition, Okuda Yoko and Baba . Click the links to see my other photographs of these women, and their texts about the experience (in Japanese and English).

I really admire the taste and judgment of Zsolt Bátori, the director of PH21, so I am particularly delighted to be in the exhibition.

Imagination is the creative ability of the mind that lets us reinterpret, reorganise and recreate our experiences, or even to create new, imagined ones that are hardly dependent on our own past or present experiences. Although photographic images are rooted in and rely on reality to some extent, they also often present us imagined situations, imagined lives, the world in many possible imagined ways. Some images do so by virtue of being staged, but unstaged cityscapes or even street photographs also often invite us to follow the imagination of the photographer to explore new aspects and depths of the world that is not easily available to the unreflecting eye. A portrait is also a mysterious opportunity to imagine a rich and complex human personality with the help of the creative imaginative interpretation of the photographer. Indeed, the most successful photographic works engage the imagination of both the photographer and the viewer.

The images are part of my Women of Japan project that was done in collaboration with Japanese feminists. Making the project was a joy and when I share it internationally, it’s always very special.