American photography during the allied occupation of Japan: the work of John W. Bennet

Low, Morris (2015) American photography during the allied occupation of Japan: the work of John W. Bennet. History of Photography, 39 3: 263-278. doi:10.1080/03087298.2015.1064613

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Author Low, Morris
Title American photography during the allied occupation of Japan: the work of John W. Bennet
Journal name History of Photography   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2150-7295
0308-7298
Publication date 2015-08-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/03087298.2015.1064613
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 39
Issue 3
Start page 263
End page 278
Total pages 16
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract This article examines photographs taken by the American anthropologist John W. Bennett during the Allied Occupation of Japan. Bennett was Chief of the Public Opinion and Social Research Division of the Civil Information and Education Section of the Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers. In his photographs, Japanese women can be seen fraternising with GIs, working as prostitutes, and enjoying everyday life with their children. We see the occasional man farming the land, building a house, collecting human waste, or begging in Ueno Park in Tokyo but the new Japan and its future seems to be in the hands of women. For an Occupation that was initially intent on destroying Japan’s war-making capabilities, the welfare of veterans was not a priority. Depicting women and children was a palatable way of representing Japan as a friend and ally.
Keyword John W. Bennett (1915-2005)
Herbert Passin (1916-2003)
Japan
Allied occupation (1945-1952)
Postwar photography
Prostitutes
Returned soldiers
Social issues
Pan pan girls
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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