Japan’s First Wild Bird Photographer: 100 Years Ago Kenji Shimomura Captured an Image of a Kingfisher

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[Image: Riverside at Dusk. Early 1920s. Location unknown Photograph by Kenji Shimomura Collection the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology *The work on display is a reproduction]

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About a hundred years ago when Kenji Shimomura first successfully photographed wild birds, he also pioneered the photography of wild birds in their natural habitats in Japan. In the 1920s and 1930s when few people used photography to record wildlife, Shimomura toured the whole country from Northern Kuril Islands in the north to Amami Oshima and the Ogasawara Islands in the south to capture images of wildlife in their natural habitats, and of natural environments such as rural satoyama landscapes, remote islands, and wilderness areas that have now changed in striking ways. In collaboration with the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology, this exhibition presents approximately fifty original prints by Shimomura currently held in the Institute’s collection.

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from July 01, 2020 to September 30, 2020
Until 16:00 on the last day.

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Kenji Shimomura

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