Japon 70

Claude Pavy

04. 04. 2017 – 29. 04. 2017

I discovered Japan in 1972, during a tour as a musician. One month without too much moving around and with days off, which allowed me to take full advantage of my time there.

It was a revelation concerning the art and richness of this very distinctive civilisation. To such an extent that, once back in Paris, I threw myself into everything I could find about Japan.

Some time afterwards, I met a Japanese woman in Paris, began to learn Japanese, and in 1976 and 1977 took holidays in Japan to meet my future in-laws. This enabled me to discover the real Japan from the inside, beyond the superficial clichés, far more interesting and warm.

These images are an echo of those special moments.