An exhibition guide speaks before a work by Japanese photographer Domon Ken (1909-1990) during a press preview of the exhibition of his work at Rome's Ara Pacis Museum, May 25, 2016.AFP/FILIPPO MONTEFORTE
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Domon, who died in 1990, is venerated in Japan as one of the country's greatest photographers and a pioneer of realism, but relatively unknown internationally."Ken Domon Master of Japanese Realism" features some 150 of his works dating from the 1920s to the 1970s and encompasses the full range of his enormous output, from propaganda-style shots of military cadets and nurses destined for the frontline in the 1930s through his documenting of Japan's post-war social and political struggles.Fujimori jointly curated the Rome exhibition with Rossella Menegazza, an Italian East Asian art history expert.A small selection of the 7,800 images Domon took in and around Hiroshima in the Fall of 1957 form the heart of the collection in Rome and have been symbolically placed in a low-lit room in the centre of the riverside museum.
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