"History of Pioneers in Japanese Photography [Kanto District]" Exhibition

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography

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This exhibition is a survey of all the Bakumatsu era photography (1853-1967) from photography museum and literary institutions from all over the country. Part one will focus on the themes of "encounter", "learning" and "potential" in 150 to 200 works taken from institutions in the Kanto area, works that reflect the nature of Japanese people and modern Japan from the Bakumatsu period to the present day. Part two, which will look at works from Kyushu and Shikoku, is planned for 2009.

•Related Workshops
In conjunction with this exhibition, on March 10th, 11th and 24th, there will be workshops teaching visitors how to make albumen paper prints using egg whites, a photographic technique that was used during the Bakumatsu period.

For details on times and how to make a reservation, please see the venue's website (Japanese only).

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Schedule

From 2007-03-10 To 2007-05-06

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Reviews

jasong: (2007-03-29 at 22:03)

The transition from using photography strictly for portraiture (including Japan's last Tokugawa Shogun, Tokugawa Yoshinobu) into a recording medium of historical events is fascinating. Did you know that photography reached Japanese shores 4 years before Perry?

TOKguy: (2007-04-15 at 20:04)

Interesting exhibition; a shame that some of the photographs are a somewhat difficult to see due to being faded and / or small; unfortunately that must be a function of the age of the photos/daguerreotypes.

datigz: (2007-04-28 at 23:04)

This was a fascinating exhibit of the evolution of photography, as well as an insightful view into life 100+ years ago. I particularly enjoyed the prints of merchants and the pictures of damage caused by an earthquake. Definitely recommend taking the time to see this if you have any interest in photography.

frf_momo36: (2007-05-07 at 00:05)

いまは使いきりカメラもあるし、携帯電話やデジカメで気軽に写真を撮ることができる。でもここにあるのはまだ写真を撮ることが日常じゃなかったころの記憶で、当時の人やできごとの記憶が鮮明に残っているような、展示室がインスタレーション作品みたいだった。

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