Currently, the Art Institute of Chicago is holding an exhibit of Tomatsu's works, "Island Life," which is up until January 5, 2014. The show focuses on the photographs that Tomatsu took in Okinawa, which found itself turned into an American military outpost after World War II. For a group of islands that never considered itself part of Japan in the first place, this situation caused (and continues to cause) no small amount of consternation. Tomatsu's Okinawa photos are the core of Tomatsu's work, in that they show his natural gift for composition and his consciousness of the (to say the least) complicated relationship between America and Japan. Even in the two images that are included in this article, it's possible to see these two sides of Tomatsu's work, and the show ought to expand even further. For a "chainsaw" photographer, he's surprisingly subtle.