Miyako Ishiuchi, although part of the late 1960s Japanese Provoke Movement, stands alone as a unique photographer documenting Japanese life after World War II. She confronted the trauma of post-war Japan. Being one of the few female photographers working at that time gave her the freedom to photograph whatever she wanted. Her photos are touching and personal. She has focused on bomb victims of Hiroshima, the hands and feet of aging women, as well as everyday objects.
She has also created beautiful photographs of the garments of Japanese children, which were worn from the Edo Period (1603-1868) to the early Showa era, which started in 1926.
Her series “Mothers” 2000-2005 represented Japan at the 2005 Venice Biennale. In 2009, she received the 50th Manichi Art Award and was invited to participate in the Third ICP Triennial in New York. Her Hiroshima series was exhibited at the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver from 2011-2012. She received the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography in 2014. Her work “Postwar Shadows” was exhibited at the Getty Museum from 2015-2016.
She states, “I believe that photography can capture time even though none of your five senses can materialize it.”