The Meeting Modernity series of found photographs is the focus of Néojaponisme’s first traveling exhibition.

Recently unearthed outside of the city of Sano in Tochigi-ken, this series of pictures documents Japan as it engaged with modernization and commercial photography in the Meiji and Taishō Periods. The series is comprised of portrait photography in particular.

The exhibition makes it’s sophomore appearance at Reading Frenzy, a small press emporium and gallery in Portland, Oregon (kitty-corner from Powell’s Books) on this very Thursday. Meeting Modernity is accompanied by a trio of essays by Ian Lynam, W. David Marx, and Matt Treyvaud reflecting the collection of photographs, the history of Japanese photography, commercial art, and Japanese society.

A limited edition of full-color Meeting Modernity postcard sets from the previous exhibition in Los Angeles’ Young Art will be available at Reading Frenzy.

January 8–February 1 2009

Opening Reception: Thursday January 8, 2009 6–9pm

More: Reading Frenzy 921 SW Oak St. Portland, OR 97205 If you are in Portland, we heartily encourage you to visit the exhibition.

In other news…

I have an essay that I wrote and design in the latest issue of Idea Magazine about the current state of logo design. The issue is titled “How does graphic design CHANGE?“.