James Whitow Delano, Mangaland: A Tokyo Retrospective 2013, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
James Whitow Delano, Mangaland: A Tokyo Retrospective 2013, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
James Whitlow Delano, Mangaland, A Tokyo Retrospective, 2013, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
James Whitow Delano, Mangaland: A Tokyo Retrospective 2013, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
James Whitlow Delano, Mangaland, Under umbrella in nightime rain, Hachiko Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan, 2002, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
James Whitlow Delano, Mangaland, Traditional home beneath high power voltage lines, Seigo, Japan, 2004, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
James Whitlow Delano, Mangaland, Spotting a celebrity outside Kabuki-za Theatre, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan, 2004, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
James Whitlow Delano, Mangaland, Scrutinized by fortuneteller, Sugamo, Tokyo, Japan, 1995, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
James Whitlow Delano, Mangaland, Samurai vanishing point, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan, 2008, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
James Whitlow Delano, Mangaland, Salarimen, Yamanote Line, Shinjuko, Tokyo, Japan, 1996, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
James Whitlow Delano, Mangaland, Pony tails, piercing glance and a cigarette, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan, 1998, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
James Whitlow Delano, Mangaland, Pom-poms and pony tails lit by fluorescents, Tokyo, Japan, 2005, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
James Whitlow Delano, Mangaland, Picture of a goth, Jingumae Bridge, Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan, 2005, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
James Whitlow Delano, Mangaland, Newsstand at night, Shinjuko, Tokyo, Japan, 2002, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
James Whitlow Delano, Mangaland, Lovely shadow, construction site, Tokyo, Japan, 2007, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
James Whitlow Delano, Mangaland, Late night TV program, Tokyo, Japan, 1995, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
James Whitlow Delano, Mangaland, Elevator encounter, Shinjuko, Tokyo, Japan, 1996, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
James Whitlow Delano, Mangaland, Cycling accross Sumida River Bridge in Ueno, Tokyo, Japan, 2005, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
James Whitlow Delano, Mangaland, Conspiratorial schoolboys underneath expressway, Shin Koiwa, Tokyo, 2007, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
James Whitlow Delano, Mangaland, Cold rain falling in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan, 2000, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
James Whitlow Delano, Mangaland, Chuo Line train coming into Shinjuko Station, Tokyo, Japan, 2005, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
James Whitlow Delano, Mangaland, Buddhist monk in Shinjuko Station, Tokyo, Japan, 1993, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
James Whitlow Delano, Mangaland, A drag and a coffee, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan, 2006, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
James Whitlow Delano, Mangaland, Relentless flow of Tokyo commuters up from the subway, Japan, 2005, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
James Whitlow Delano, Mangaland, Absorbed in a newspaper, commuter train near Tokyo, Japan, 2009, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
James Whitlow Delano, Mangaland, Night phone call and a smoke, Hatagaya, Tokyo, Japan, 2002, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
James Whitlow Delano, Mangaland, In the path of lenses and avoiding them in front of Kaminari Gate, Tokyo, Japan, 1999, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
James Whitlow Delano, Mangaland, Gazing out from Shinkansen Bullet Train, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, 2001, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
James Whitlow Delano, Black Tsunami, An ocean going ship sits where it came to rest in the debris of the great Tsunami that hit, Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, 2011, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
James Whitlow Delano, Black Tsunami, Portrait of a young boy found several kilometers inland from the sea, swept there by the great Tsunami, Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, 2011, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
James Whitlow Delano, Black Tsunami, Father brushes his daughter's teeth at an unheated evacuation center for survivors of the Tsunami in Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, 2011, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
James Whitlow Delano, Black Tsunami, Recovery workers, probably police, wearing hazmat suits to protect them from radiation, enter 20 km no-entry zone via bus, Route 6, Minamisōma, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, 2011, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
James Whitlow Delano, Black Tsunami, Rice field salinated by sea water from the tsunami. Inside nuclear no-entry zone, Fukushima, Japan, 2011, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
James Whitlow Delano, Black Tsunami, Sakura (cherry blossoms) bloom and older women climb a hill that provided sanctuary from the mightly tsunami, Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, 2011, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
James Whitlow Delano, Black Tsunami, Sakura cherry blossoms have opened on a tree that seems to rise right out of the rubble. Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, 2011, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
James Whitlow Delano, Black Tsunami, The sea undercuts roots beneath the sumps of trees on the beach, Rikuzen-Takata, Iwate Prefecture, 2011, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery

Press Release

Sous Les Etoiles Gallery is pleased to announce "Mangaland: A Tokyo Retrospective," marking photographer James Whitlow Delano’s twenty years working in Japan.  Since he visited the city of Tokyo in spring of 1993 at a friend’s urging, James Whitlow Delano has become one of the most informed photographic eyes on Japanese culture.  Delano’s substantial oeuvre of photography in Asia, characterized by his ethereal use of vignette and partial defocus, presents complex tableaux of a society at once jaded yet naive, resilient yet vulnerable.

"Mangaland: A Tokyo Retrospective" draws from the long-term project of the artist, Mangaland.  The images of Mangaland  highlight the tenuous, almost vaporous moments, found within what Delano describes as the city’s “volcanic brilliance.”  A young Japanese man, alone in a sea of pedestrians, gazes blankly ahead, the endless high-rises of the city muted but visible through the clear plastic umbrella he holds; three boys sit together under an expressway, their hunched bodies dotting the expanse of concrete all around them while in the distance, the city’s construction is seen puncturing the evening sky; and a young woman in pigtails levels a piercing glance at the viewer, her cigarette held aloft in a moment of frank appraisal.  As Delano notes, “It is as though the paranormal flirts just below the surface, just out of reach.” 

Also presented are select images from the series Black Tsunami,  recently published by FotoEvidence in the new photo book “Black Tsunami: Japan 2011,” depicting the aftermath of the 2011 tsunami and Fukushima meltdown.  Together, the two series present not only the artistic merits of the photographer’s work, but also its journalistic imperative.

James Whitlow Delano, born 1960, is an American-born photographer based in Tokyo, Japan.  As one of today’s foremost photographers of Asia, Delano’s work is held in the permanent collections of La Triennale di Milano Fine Arts Museum (Milano, Italy); Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, TX); Museo Fotografia Contemporanea (Milano, Italy); Museum of Photographic Arts’ Dubois Library (San Diego, CA); Noorderlicht Photography Festival (Groningen, Netherlands); and the Permanent Leica Book Archive (Solms, Germany).  His work has appeared worldwide in numerous magazines and photo festivals, from Visa Pour L’Image to Rencontres D’Arles to Noorderlicht, and has been awarded internationally, including the Alfred Eisenstadt Award (from Columbia University and LIFE magazine), Leica’s Oskar Barnack, Picture of the Year International, NPPA, and PDN, among many others.  James Whitlow Delano is a grantee for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.  His newly released book,  “Black Tsunami: Japan 2011”  (FotoEvidence), received a 2012 PX3 Award.