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Stories of 11 Photographers
Towards a New Era, Towards Reiwa
Heisei — Tokyo — Snap Shot Love

Date : June 21, 2019 (Fri.) — July 10, 2019 (Wed.)

This exhibition displays approximately 100 images of Tokyo in the Heisei period, taken by photographers from a wide variety of generations period with 'Heisei', 'Tokyo' and 'snapshot' as the keywords. Continuously undergoing huge transformations, Tokyo is a city that offers us the most radical images of each era. Tokyo is the scene of innumerable dramatic moments, and sets the stage for an inexhaustible supply of storylines for photographers. The term 'snapshot' is said to have originated in the context of hunting, meaning to take a quick shot at fast moving animals, for instance, a bird flying away. This exhibition introduces the stories of 11 photographers who love taking snapshots, who love that one moment when inspiration and camera work together in perfect unison. ....

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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