Nearly 300 pictures taken by renowned Japanese photographer
Okamura, a former medical student, started his career as a photo journalist in
Afterward he continued traveling around the world, covering the
An interest in bioethics later in life led him to promote the hospice movement before dying of blood poisoning in 1985 at 56.
The museum studied some 50,000 photos left by Okamura to mount the exhibition entitled "All about Life and Death."
"We worked to identify when and where these photos were shot and who appears in them by crosschecking with his chronology and other related documents," said
Based on the research, the museum picked the displayed photos, of which more than 80 percent are unpublished works, according to Toda, who is also a lecturer at
Of the 282 photos on display, 182 are color pictures and the other 100 are monochromes.
The exhibition is divided into seven sections in accordance with transitions in the focus of Okamura's attention.
The first part, "On the Street at War," shows chaotic scenes in
The second section, "Into the Battlefield," is a record of Okamura's activities as an embedded reporter with the South Vietnamese government forces, covering harsh battles against the
Okamura also successfully interviewed the second highest NLF official in 1965, for which he was banned from entering
Other parts show how he explored the background of wars in areas with a colonial history such as
While covering the Biafra Civil War, he shot a photo of a Biafran soldier collapsing after being hit in the left side of the chest by Nigerian machine gun fire. He noted later, "This photo certainly chronicles a real segment of the war in Biafra, but I felt depressed as I thought I was profiting from this man's death."
"We expect particularly young people to be aware through his photos how Okamura viewed wars, at a time when we face various conflicts around the world," Toda said.
Okamura's focus was also on the roots of U.S. President
Referring to his later involvement with hospice, Toda said, "It was because he settled in
The museum displays Okamura's photos on the 1966 crash of an
The exhibition goes through
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