Changes on celluloid

THE CHANGES in Japanese architecture - from the eighties to the nineties, from their suburbs to the metropolises — have been captured on film to serve as a record of the times.

The pictures, taken over a period of ten years will be on display for 10 days, between the 9th and 19th of this month, at the Lalit Kala Akademi on Greames Road.

The photographs of various types of buildings in cities, towns, villages and resorts, among other areas, will give the citizens of Chennai a glimpse into the evolving lives of the people who inhabit, or once inhabited, the buildings depicted. Set up to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Indo-Japan Diplomatic Relationship, the exhibition will consist of a hundred panels of photographs on contemporary Japanese architecture and showcase the transformation in Japan's architectural style and social conditions between 1985 and 1996.

Masayuki Makiya, Consul General of Japan at Chennai, will inaugurate the exhibition at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Considering that it is not only the land of the rising sun, but also one that has to keep earthquakes in mind, it should be interesting to look at what comes out of the drawing boards there.

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