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PHOTO HISTORY MUSEUM
Realms of Color: The Creation by Ernst Haas
Date : March 1, 2019 (Fri.) — May 31, 2019 (Fri.)



Described as “a magician with color,” the photographer Ernst Haas pioneered color photography as a means of expression in the 1950s. Born in 1921 in Vienna, Haas photographed Austrian prisoners of war returning home in 1947. These photographs caught the eye of Robert Capa who invited Haas to join Magnum Photos, the cooperative of photographers, which had been formed not long before. In the early days, Haas worked with black and white documentary photography, but in 1949, he started to experiment with the relatively newly developed color film, shooting a series of color photographs in New York. At the time, the sensitivity of color film was extremely low and it lacked freedom of expression, but Haas developed ingenious techniques to take advantage of its characteristics. When his first color photo essay was featured in Life magazine in 1953, photographers around the world were impressed and encouraged by the otherworldly vibrancy of the colors in his photographs. Subsequently, Haas published a succession of creative and richly poetic works on themes ranging from the streets of Venice to bullfighting in Spain. In 1962, Ernst Haas became the first photographer to mount a solo exhibition of color photographs at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. ....

The Story of Seibei Kajima, the “Millionaire Photographer” in the Meiji Period
Date : June 1, 2019 (Sat.) — August 31, 2019 (Sat.)



Seibei Kajima came from an affluent background, which allowed him to invest his assets and half a lifetime in photography in the mid-Meiji period. He was eighth in the line of proprietors of Kajimaya, the foremost sake wholesaler in Japan located at Reiganjima Shinkawa in Tokyo (presently, Shinkawa, Chuo-ku). A wealthy merchant house, Kajimaya was on a par with the then leading department stores of Echigoya, Daimaru, and Shirokiya. The chance discovery in a warehouse of a camera that had belonged to one of his predecessors inspired Kajima to immerse himself in photography. In the space of a few years, he made his name by financing the Tsukiji Kanpan Seizojo (Tsukiji Dry Plate Manufacturing Company), the Nihon Shashinkai (Japan Photographic Society), and the Dai Nihon Shashin Hinpyokai (Greater Japan Photography Critique Society). He also opened the extravagant Genrokukan photographic studio, which was equipped with a revolving stage and arc lights. ....

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