Sights Unseen: The Photographic Constructions of Masumi Hayashi (exhibition)

RG Media Type exhibitions
Title Sights Unseen: The Photographic Constructions of Masumi Hayashi
Creators Japanese American National Museum
Interest Level Grades 3-5; Grades 6-8; Grades 9-12; Adult
Theme Expression through art
Genre Art; History
Other Events or Cultural Tie-Ins Prisons; Environmental
Availability Available
Free Web Version No
Has Teaching Aids? No
Geography United States, Japan, India, Nepal
Chronology 1940s to 2000s
Facility Multiple

Retrospective exhibition of the work of photographic collage artist Masumi Hayashi held at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM). Curated by Karin Higa, Sights Unseen included thirty of Hayashi's works—each of which are photo collages consisting of anywhere from five to one hundred forty individual photographs—including several from JANM's collection. This first survey of Hayashi's work included pieces from five different sets of work: abandoned prisons, EPA Superfund sites, Japanese American and Japanese Canadian concentration camps, sacred sites, and portraits of Nikkei. The five Nikkei portraits—of Fumi Hayashida, Yuri Kochiyama, Joy Kogawa, Miné Okubo, and Eji Suyama—were displayed for the first time.

Authored by Brian Niiya, Densho

For More Information

Sights Unseen at Japanese American National Museum website:

Hayashi, Masumi. Sights Unseen: The Photographic Constructions of Masumi Hayashi: May 31 – September 14, 2003. Catalog essay by Karin Higa. Los Angeles: Japanese American National Museum, 2003. [Exhibition catalog. Catalog essay can be viewed at]

The Masumi Hayashi Museum.

Masumi Hayashi Photography.