'Accidental Tourist' exhibition provides views of postwar Japan
Photographs taken by Princeton alumnus Egbert Giles Leigh in post-World War II Japan are the focus of an exhibition on view through Wednesday, Sept. 30, in the first-floor lounge of McCormick Hall.
Leigh, a 1925 Princeton graduate, served as an economic and financial reconstruction official during the postwar occupation of Japan by the United States and its allies. His photographs from his time in Japan from 1947 to 1950 were given to the Department of Art and Archaeology by his family and were in Shimizu's care for many years.
Leigh undertook exploratory and educational journeys that are captured in the images he took while living in Tokyo. His photographs of colleagues, visiting officials and family members chronicled the rather privileged lifestyle of the occupying force. He took pictures of sacred temples and iconic landscapes that reflect his appreciation of Japanese art and architecture. Leigh also depicted the Japanese people struggling to survive after the war.
The exhibition is on view weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.