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Unseen Everyday Japan is a photo exhibition showing an alternative vision of contemporary Japanese life through Instagram. The photos span from picturesque cultural and street scenes, to more complex social and political issues. Documentary photographer Q. Sakamaki curated the images from @EverydayJapan, an official Instagram account of the global photography project, The Everyday Projects, which depicts everyday life through the eyes of its contributors.
Photographed on mobile phones, the images capture the unseen stories of human drama and modern life in strongly aestheticized imagery. From snapshots of quiet summertime sunshine to lonely shoebox apartments, the Japanese photographers document a different—but very much real—experience of daily life.
Sakamaki doesn't believe that shooting with mobile phone cameras devalue photography. For the Time magazine and Newsweek photographer, they are "tools to show the photographer's view. The most important thing, again, comes from inside the photographer."
Presented at The Japan Foundation Gallery in partnership with Head On Photo Festival, Instagram and The Japan Foundation, Sydney.