"Before the Dawn: Pioneering History of Japanese Photography II, Chubu, Kinki, and Chugoku Regions" Exhibition

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography

poster for "Before the Dawn: Pioneering History of Japanese Photography II, Chubu, Kinki, and Chugoku Regions" Exhibition

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This exhibition is a survey of all the Bakumatsu era to the mid Meiji era photography belonging to photography museums and literary institutions from all over the country. Part two will focus on the Chubu, Kinki, and Chugoku regions in Japan.

Photography, a symbol of modernization, was introduced to Japan together with the opening of the country to the world in the end of Edo period. After the opening of seaports in Yokohama and Nagasaki, interactions with foreign photographers started and Japanese photographers like Gyokusen Ukai, Hikoma Ueno and Renjo Shimooka emerged. They captured social changes taken place in the beginning of modernization, and the technology was passed onto the next generation. Although these early photographs were taken for documentation purposes, artistic sensibility can be felt through these works.

Following the part one which covered the Kanto region, this exhibition presents valuable photographs including many on view for the first time in Tokyo. This is a result of a survey the museum conducted with 2000 institutions in the Chubu, Kansai and Chugoku regions. You can enjoy not only photographs themselves but also how some were originally framed and mounted.

[Image: "Asakusa Twelve-Story Building" Albumen print from the mid Meiji era. Collection of Takaishi City Archival Museum]

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From 2009-03-07 To 2009-05-10

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