~ A Parent-and-Child Photography Exhibition by Bruce Osborn ~

19 February - 12 March 2016

Japan Creative Centre (JCC)

© Bruce Osborn 2016

As a commemorative event to mark the 5th anniversary of the 3.11 Great East Japan Earthquake, the Embassy of Japan in Singapore - Japan Creative Centre (JCC) is pleased to showcase OYAKO: PRESENT TO THE FUTURE, a parent-and-child photography exhibition by Bruce Osborn, together with a photography shooting session and a movie screening from 19 February to 12 March 2016 at JCC.


Bruce Osborn was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. After graduating from the University of the Pacific with a BA in Studio Art, he studied photography at the Art Center College of Design. His professional career began as a staff photographer and photo editor at the Phonographic Record Magazine along with freelance work in the music industry. In 1980, he had an opportunity to do a photo exhibition in Japan which had an overwhelming response. As a result of the show and the many new contacts he made, Bruce and his wife Yoshiko decided to relocate to Tokyo where they continue to be based.

Bruce's photos can be seen a number of well-known publications and advertisements both in Japan and overseas. He has received a number of awards for his work and has published several photo books. Exhibitions including the 21 Century Museum of Contemporary Art (Kanazawa), The Children's Museum (Boston), and Yamanashi Art Museum (Kofu City). In addition to photography, Bruce also shoots and directs TV commercials and music videos

Website: www.bruceosborn.com

© Bruce Osborn 2016


© Bruce Osborn 2016
OYAKO (親子) – a Japanese phrase that means parents and children, is the theme Bruce Osborn has been photographing and promoting since 1982. An American photographer residing in Japan, Bruce has shot some 6000 family portraits capturing the stunning emotion that binds generations together.

Together with his wife Yoshiko, they have campaigned to establish OYAKO Day as an official holiday in Japan since 2003. Recognition and support have grown steadily to this day. On the fourth Sunday of July, families throughout Japan celebrate the special union that ties OYAKO – parents and children together.

Taking the fact that life itself is passed from parents to children, creating a long chain that brings us to this very day, one will realize that the OYAKO theme transcends both borders and beliefs. Bruce hopes that through this exhibition, it will introduce and open the OYAKO theme to Singapore.

As Bruce puts it, "After seeing so many parents and children together and pondering the uniqueness of that bond, I see it as permeating not just the family but moving throughout society, regions and even nature. In fact, we are as much bonded to nature as we are to each other: it's a vision of the world which both instills reverence for life and inspires world peace."
Website: www.oyako.org


Friday, 19 February - Saturday 12 March 2016 Photography Exhibition

Saturday, 20 February 2016 Photography Shooting Session

Saturday, 5 March 2016 JCC Cinema 44: OYAKO ~Present to the Future~


The photography exhibition will include portraits representing Bruce Osborn's lifework as well as a special series of Oyako photos dedicated to the survivors of the 2011 Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami, caught at the time between utter loss and their determination to live on.

Exhibition Period: 19 February - 12 March 2016

Opening Hours: Tuesdays - Saturdays, 10:00am to 6:00pm
Closed on Sundays, Mondays & Public Holidays
* We will be closed at 5pm on Saturday, 27 February 2016

Venue: Japan Creative Centre (JCC)
  4 Nassim Road, Singapore 258372

Admission: FREE

© Bruce Osborn 2016




© Bruce Osborn 2016

OYAKO ~Present to the Future~ (90 minutes)
Language Japanese and English (English subtitles)


How does a commercial photographer from Los Angeles end up leading a social movement in Japan? When an early 80's reportage on Punk musicians and their parents opens a door to Japan's most intimate level of society, Bruce Osborn becomes fascinated by the idiosyncrasies of the Japanese Oyako (parent-child) relation.

In answer to an overwhelming response from Japanese families, Bruce goes on to meet and photograph thousands of Oyako and to crusade for the creation of Oyako Day, a would-be national holiday celebrating the relation.

This documentary features interviews from major spokespeople for Japanese culture bearing witness to the sway of this fundamental concept throughout their society, footage from post-disaster visits to Tohoku to photograph Oyako and a short drama casting real-life parents and children.

Screening Date: Saturday, 5 March 2016

Time: 2:00pm to 4:00pm (Registration Starts @ 1:30pm)

Venue: Japan Creative Centre (JCC)
  4 Nassim Road, Singapore 258372

Admission: FREE With Registration - Click Here to Register

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