Geneses of Photography in Japan: Nagasaki

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To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Meiji Era, the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum will hold a series of exhibitions based on the earliest Japanese photographs, depicting the birthplaces of Japanese photography and reconstructing a visual account of Japan during the mid-nineteenth century. The first of a series of exhibitions, this year we will present “Geneses of Photography in Japan: Nagasaki”.
Approximately 150 years ago, the Edo period came to an end and the Japanese government set about the creation of a Western-style nation. Photography arrived in Japan with the opening of the country’s borders, where it was used to capture this period of transition, passing it down to us today. Pierre Joseph Rossier and Felice Beato were among the foreign photographers who visited Nagasaki, leaving numerous photographs. In addition, there were also the early Japanese photographers, including Hikoma Ueno, said to be the founder of Japanese photography, Kuichi Uchida, Keiji Takeshita, Torazō Tamemasa, etc., whose works led to the popularization of photography in this country. Photography soon became established and large numbers of photographs were produced, recording Japan as it moved from a feudal to modern society.
This exhibition, welcoming the expert on Nagasaki Dr. Junichi Himeno (Professor Emeritus of Nagasaki University) as an advisor, will not be limited to early photographs but will also present other items connected with the mid-eighteenth century, centered around photographs but also including mounts and album bindings. In addition, it will include maps, paintings, crafts and original works or materials that cross genres, such as projections and large-scale maps, reconstructing an image of the Nagasaki of the late Edo and early Meiji periods from a variety of angles.
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Gallery Talk in English
Mar. 16 (Fri) 14:00~
Apr. 20 (Fri) 18:00~
As a special service for this exhibition, there will be two guided tours of the gallery conducted in English. The lecturer is Alice Gordenker, a writer and researcher in Japanese photographic history, who will provide explanation in English while guiding visitors through the exhibition for about an hour. Free with purchase of regular exhibition admission.

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from March 06, 2018 to May 06, 2018

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