Through Each Other's Eyes: A Photographic Look at America and Japan at Method Art

It's not difficult to find photos and stories from around the world, but our cultures and daily lives -- and how we see others cultures and daily lives aren't often on display.

Thursday night, Method Art in Scottsdale is holding an opening reception for Through Each Others Eyes, a photography exhibition that takes a look at how four photographers, American and Japanese, see each others worlds through their lenses.

Through Each Others Eyes is a local organization that gives American- and Japan-based photographers a chance to visit each others' homes and cultures.

Thursday night's opening exhibition features 80 photos from Jason Grubb, Michael Matlach, Matsushita Toshikazu and Shindo Naotaka.

In October, local photographers  Grubb and Matlach traveled to Himeji, Japan and stayed with Japanese photographers, Toshikazu and Naotaka.  Months later, they switched places, and Toshikazu and Naotaka came to Arizona where they were able to photograph and experience American culture.

Grubb says one of the hardest parts of the exhibition process was narrowing down which photos to display; each photographer will show only 20 of his thousands of photos taken during the experience.

But Grubb admits that the last-minute pressure was outweighed by the overall experience. "You feel like you're part of the culture," Grubb says. "I got the experience ... Now trying to convey that through the work -- that's the ultimate goal."

All of the photos are for sale and the profits go back to Through Each Others Eyes to fund operating costs and future exchanges.

After Method Art, the exhibit will go on display at the

Wells Fargo History Museum

, and then possibly to other locations around the country.

Method Art gallery owner Davin Lavikka's former gallery, Art Space, displayed an exhibition last year from Through Each Others Eyes, which featured photos of China.

Method Art is located at 4142 N. Marshall Way in Scottsdale. Admission to opening night is free, starts at 6 p.m. The exhibit will be on display through the end of June.

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