Reflecting on urban environments and ecology through images

Monday, Apr 29, 2019

Still and moving images that captured Japan’s dramatic urban transformation in the post-World War II era are at the center of a graduate course taught this spring by Franz Prichard, assistant professor of East Asian studies.  

Although they are specific to a time and place, the images — along with the thoughts and sensations they captured — speak to larger, global changes that continue to be grappled with throughout the industrial world, Prichard said.

In the course, titled “Photographic Thought/Sensation/Materiality in Japanese Literary and Visual Media,” Prichard leads his students through an examination of these largely unexplored materials — some of which have only recently been acquired by Princeton University. Prichard said he hopes to begin a dialogue about how they can be understood and how they might inform discussions about image-making and urban environments.