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PHOTO HISTORY MUSEUM
Awakening Photographs: Michiko Kon + Tokihiro Sato
Date :
< Part 1: Michiko Kon—Reviving Objects >
September 1, 2019 (Sun.) — October 29, 2019 (Tue.)
< Part 2: Tokihiro Sato—Breathing Lights >
October 30, 2019 (Wed.) — December 27, 2019 (Fri.)



Invented in France, the art of photography was introduced to Japan in 1848. Since then, Japan has developed a unique culture of photography. Japanese photographic expression matured in the 1960s and 1970s. In the 1980s, museums and galleries specializing in photography were established, and by the late 1980s, modern art museums also started to pay attention to works that explored photography. Michiko Kon and Tokihiro Sato emerged as distinct photographers around that time. Today, these two photographers are working extensively in Japan and overseas, producing work that is highly acclaimed from the dual aspects of fine art and photography. ....

FUJIFILM SQUARE
FUJIFILM SQUARE Exhibition
The Photographs of Osamu Kobayashi: Perspectives on Ryotaro Shiba's On the Highways Series
Experiencing History, Landscape, and Culture on Foot with Penetrating Insight into the Times

Date : November 1, 2019 (Fri.) — November 20, 2019 (Wed.)



For 13 years, Kobayashi has been taking photos for the popular “Ryotaro Shiba Series” published in the Shukan Asahi (Weekly Asahi) magazine, depicting the worlds created in Shiba's literary works through photographs. Although Kobayashi did not personally meet Shiba before the latter passed away, he has traveled to related locations with Shigetoshi Murai, who was the last editor of Shiba's serialized travel essays, Kaido wo yuku (On the roads). In that capacity, Kobayashi has photographed many of the original scenes described by the author. ....

TOKYOGRAPHIE 2019 — a special edition of the KYOTOGRAPHIE International Photography Festival
Date : November 29, 2019 (Fri.) — December 12, 2019 (Thu.)



FUJIFILM SQUARE is pleased to present two separate photo exhibitions being held as a TOKYOGRAPHIE pop up event in conjunction with the KYOTOGRAPHIE International Photography Festival. The two exhibitions are ‘Wild’ by Albert Watson, and ‘2:16.22 — the story behind the time’ by Kensaku Seki, and run from November 29 to December 12, 2019. In the same way that the renowned Arles International Photo Festival is held for three months each year in Arles, France, the KYOTOGRAPHIE International Photo Festival has been held annually since 2013 as a platform to showcase arts in Japan. And for the second time this year, a special edition of the festival is taking place in Tokyo. An international portfolio review of the photographic works of emerging photographers is exhibited at KYOTOGRAPHIE each year, and this year we were delighted to present the Fujifilm Award to an outstanding work.

Merry Many Santa Clauses! — a photo exhibition by Akiko Tsunoda
Date : December 13, 2019 (Fri.) — December 27, 2019 (Fri.)



Does Santa Claus really exist?
This is a question that has been asked by children the world over for countless generations. In search of the definitive answer, Akiko Tsunoda visited the World Santa Claus Congress, held in Denmark in the summer of 2011. What she found was not only a group of Santa Clauses dressed in the traditional red and white costumes and three-cornered hats, but an assortment of other Santa Clauses dressed in green and black, and even some elves wearing sweaters! This hotchpotch of Santa Clauses were all known by different names and lived very different lifestyles to each other, but they had all come together at the congress to discuss Christmas and how to make people happy. Akiko Tsunoda was heartened to see this conglomeration of Santa Clauses working together for the sake of children around the world, and felt the desire to let more people know about this. So, for the next eight years, she spent her time taking photos of Santa Clauses. ....

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