Talk: 2019 Peter Turner Memorial Lecture – Yasufumi Nakamori

Hear Dr Yasufumi Nakamori, a curator at London’s Tate Modern, discuss photography’s role in shaping collective memory after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake.

  • When | Āhea Thu 29 Aug 2019, 6.30pm–8.00pm
  • Where | Ki hea
    Soundings Theatre, Level 2 & Toi Art, Level 4
  • Cost | Te utu Free entry, but please register
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Each year Massey University brings an internationally significant photographic historian, theorist, or artist to Wellington to deliver the Peter Turner Memorial Lecture.

This year we welcome Dr Yasufumi Nakamori, curator of photography at London’s Tate Modern. This event is presented at Te Papa in partnership with Massey University – Whiti o Rehua and The Govett Brewster Art Gallery.

Join us after the lecture for refreshments and a chance to view our current exhibition The New Photography – Life in the 60s and 70s, curated by Athol McCredie.

2019 Peter Turner Memorial Lecture – Images of a Japanese City after the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake

Cities in ruins, sudden or long lost, are powerful metaphors for historical community and the embodiment of memory. In this year’s Peter Turner lecture, Dr Yasufumi Nakamori will discuss the visual culture and images of a Japanese city after the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake. Tracing them to images from earlier earthquakes in modern Japan, Nakamori will discuss issues such as production technology, circulation, and the impact of the images, examining their relationship to collective memories and imaginary projections of a city.



Naoya Hatakeyama, Takatacho-Morinomae from the series Rikuzentakata, 2011.05.02. Photo courtesy of the artist and Massey University


About Yasufumi Nakamori

Dr Yasufumi Nakamori is Senior Curator, International Art (Photography) at Tate Modern, London. Originally from Osaka, Nakamori practiced law in Tokyo and New York City before undertaking a second career in art history following 9/11, going on to obtain his PhD in art history from Cornell University.

Prior to joining Tate Modern, Nakamori was the head of photography and new media at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. From 2008-2016 he was curator of photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, where his exhibitions and publications included Katsura: Picturing Modernism in Japanese Architecture, Photographs by Ishimoto Yasuhiro (2010) and For a New World to Come: Experiments in Japanese Art and Photography, 1968-1979 (2015). The most recent book he edited was published by Aperture in 2018, titled Naoya Hatakeyama: Excavating the Future City.

Portrait of a man standing in front of paintings hanging on a wall


Yasufumi Nakamori. Photo courtesy of Yasufumi Nakamori


About the Peter Turner Memorial Lecture

This lecture series was established in 2008, in memory of Peter Turner – historian, curator, and former editor of Creative Camera magazine – who moved to New Zealand from the United Kingdom in 1981. His contributions to New Zealand photography spanned curatorial work, writing, reviewing, and teaching. He is remembered for his passion for the medium, support of photographers, and his special love of practices he termed lyric, transcendent, or poetic documentary photography. With this legacy in mind, the annual Peter Turner Lecture was founded to broaden discussions about the social and cultural value of the medium of photography today – conceived of as an expanded field that includes a broad range of lens-based media and approaches.

Alongside the lecture each year, the Peter Turner Scholarship recognises a postgraduate student engaging with social and cultural issues through the expanded field of photography. The scholarship is supported by a fund established by the Massey University Foundation.