"The Dawn of Japanese Photography" Exhibition

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography

poster for "The Dawn of Japanese Photography" Exhibition

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This exhibition will present photographs dating from 1853 to 1900 belonging to institutions with exhibition facilities in Shikoku, Kyushu and Okinawa, offering the chance to see some of the earliest photographs produced in this country.

In preparation for this exhibition questionnaires were sent to 2,184 institutions, including art galleries, museums, libraries and educational authorities in Shikoku, Kyushu and Okinawa. Of these, we received 696 responses and were able to discover 71 institutions that held original or duplicate photographs. These were then researched on site and the best gathered together here for this exhibition.

It is only because they have been carefully preserved over the years in their hometowns that these early pictures could be brought together to make up this exhibition today, in the twenty-first century. The size and the designs on the back of these photographs possess a fascinating originality, reflecting the fact that they have come down to us through a long history. We hope that in addition to their visual attraction, you will also enjoy the variety that exists in the photographic media.

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[Image: Hikoma Ueno "Title Unknown"]



From 2011-03-08 To 2011-05-08



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