Buddhas of the Yamato-ji: The Photography of Tazo Nagano

Hanzomon Museum

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*Hanzomon Museum will reopen on June 24, 2020. Time slot booking will be required to visit the museum.

An accomplished photographer, Tazo Nagano (1922-1990) focused on the timeless values of Buddha images and other cultural properties in Japan with an honest and realistic approach. His unique career started as a photographer for research purposes at a prestigious research institute for cultural properties based in the city of Nara, an ancient capital of Japan’s earliest Buddhist culture.

In 2015, Nagano’s 6,934 glass plate negatives were donated to Tezukayama University in Nara Prefecture. Of these, on display here are around fifty high definition digital images of the Buddhas in the Nara Yamato-ji area (Nara and routes leading to the heart of Nara). These Buddhas can be experienced through his photographs, an important part of Nagano’s lifework.

The second-floor multipurpose room presents his photos of Buddhist statues, grouped according to their location on the Yamato-ji. This process of dry plates brings with it a great tonal range and detail as seen in his photographs.



from June 24, 2020 to September 27, 2020
By appointment only. (Please visit official website for the details.), Exhibition Hours 10:30-16:30


Tazo Nagano



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