May 18, 2009 - 12:00pm
Philippines Conference Room, Encina Hall, 3rd Floor
CEAS SPECIAL JAPAN LECTURES, SPRING 2008-09 Ayelet Zohar, Post-doctoral fellow, Japan Fund, Freeman Spogli Institute, Stanford University Hirô Onoda, the Japanese straggler remaining in the jungles of Lubang island for three decades after World War II, was pictured by Suzuki Norio, then the photographs printed in press in February 1974, resulting in Onoda's repatriation. I discuss these photographs in relation to theoretical issues of camouflage and invisibility in photography, philosophy and military studies. Suzuki's photos are evaluated in relation to Mamoru Tsukada's Identical Twins series (2003) that conveys the spectres of war in contemporary Japan. I discuss the two series vis-à-vis the photographic departure from 'wet' photography of indexicality to the realm of digital manipulation and fictionality.
Free and Open to the public.
Center for East Asian Studies