At the end of May, just weeks before his photo exhibition was scheduled to open, Ahn Sehong got a letter from his sponsor telling him that the show was cancelled. The sponsor was Nikon, the venue was their gallery in Shinjuku, and the subject of the exhibition was the documentation of the lives of surviving Korean “Comfort Women”.
Now, according to KBS World, a Japanese court has ruled that the show must go on, despite protests from right-wing, nationalist conservatives who wanted the show put to a stop. I’m sure it won’t be the end of the protests, but there’s some justice for Ahn and his life’s work.
You can read some of his own words about the women he photographed and why their stories matter here.