Shomei Tomatsu, Provoke Movement Photographer, Dies at 82

January 7, 2013

By David Walker

© Shomei Tomatsu

"Card Game, Zushi, Kanagawa, 1964." Kurenboh Collection, promised gift to SFMOMA. 

Photographer Shomei Tomatsu, one of Japan’s most influential post-war photographers and a prominent figure in the Provoke Movement of the 1960s and 1970s, died December 14 from complications of pneumonia, his London gallerist has confirmed. He was 82 years old. “We have lost one of the world’s truly great photographers. Shomei Tomatsu refused to compromise on every level and was...

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