Mitsutoshi Hanaga-1000BUNKO, ART FAIR TOKYO 2017, Aoyama Meguro × Gallery Kochuten (Tokyo International Forum/ Booth N51)

Mitsutoshi Hanaga-1000BUNKO, ART FAIR TOKYO 2017, Aoyama Meguro × Gallery Kochuten (Tokyo International Forum/ Booth N51)

3.16 – 19, 2017




Venue: Tokyo International Forum, Hall E and Lobby Gallery
Aoyama Meguro × Gallery Kochuten/ Booth N51
Mitsutoshi Hanaga website:

Opening Dates:
Thursday March 16th 2017
16:00 – 18:00 Private Preview (Invited guests only)
18:00 – 21:00 Vernissage (Invited guests only)

Friday March 17th 2017
11:00 – 13:00 VIP Advance Admission (Invited guests only)
13:00 – 20:00

Saturday March 18th 2017
11:00 – 20:00

Sunday March 19th 2017
10:30 – 17:00
※Last admission is 30 minutes before closing.

Tokyo International Forum,Hall E and Lobby Gallery
3 Chome-5-1 Marunouchi,Chiyoda-ku,Tokyo-to 100-0005, Japan

Tel: 03-5797-7912 E-mail: URL:
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We would like to announce the publication of the first full-scale photo book of the work of Mitsutoshi Hanaga (1933 – 1999), “Mitsutoshi Hanaga 1000,” as the fifth publication of the paperback series “1000 BUNKO,” which follows “Takuma Nakahira 1000.” Each volume of this series is so incredibly thick that it appears to be a monument in itself.

Mitsutoshi Hanaga went through the postwar period from the late 1950s to the late 1980s when Japanese society experienced a drastic transition and he left behind approximately 100,000 photographs throughout his lifetime.
Living in postwar Japan, which was experiencing rapid growth and was burdened with various contradictions and social issues, Hanaga continued to record the reality of diverse scenes. He documented events such as social movements, student protests, the pollution issue, young people in the street or bars, Butoh, underground theater, and avant-garde art, which was suffering from neglect at the time, through photography from a perspective of the weak and outcast. This unique style of Hanaga, who consistently focused on his subjects by close contact with diverse locations and situations, is beyond comparison.
In recent years, along with the full picture of his enormous photographic archive being revealed, the existence of Hanaga is attracting remarkable attention domestically and internationally. He is shown not only as “a witness of the era” and “a photographer,” but also in the context of performance art, saying “his radical, repeated actions themselves, shooting while intervening in the locale, can be considered as his artistic expression.”

Upon production of this photo book, negatives left by Hanaga, which had been mostly unprinted, have been scanned and reviewed for selection for display since 2013. As a result, photos are arranged in chronological order, not by category, and chronology of the period, background information in English/Japanese, and text by Raiji Kuroda are contained.


Cooperation: 一〇〇〇BUNKO, MATCH and Company, TOKYO-SPORTS, Daisuke Motogi Architecture


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