PHOTO HISTORY MUSEUM ~ History of Photography — more than 170 years ~

The Photo History Museum is a rare venue where you can learn about the history of photography and progress of cameras through viewing and touching exhibits. Enjoy our collection displayed in three categories.

  • History of Photography

    History of Photography

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  • Hands-on Experience with Replicas

    Hands-on Experience with Replicas

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  • Films and Cameras Throughout
    the History of Fujifilm

    Films and Cameras Throughout

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The copies of exhibit catalog covering the history of photography are available at the Tokyo Service Station on the Second Floor (1,000 yen including tax).

Current Exhibitions


Photo History Museum FUJIFILM SQUARE
A Titan of Showa Era Photography:
The Work of Tadahiko Hayashi as a Narrative on His Times

Date :
<Part 1>   Caught on Camera: The Tumultuous Showa Era
April 1st, 2018 (Sun.) — May 31st, 2018 (Thu.)
<Part 2>   Caught on Camera: Scenes of Old Japan
June 1st, 2018 (Fri.) — July 31st, 2018 (Tue.)

Known for his portraits of the authors Osamu Dazai and Ango Sakaguchi, Tadahiko Hayashi relaunched his career in the immediate postwar era from Ginza, riding the wave of the kasutori * magazine boom, and winning instant popularity as a photographer. Throughout the tumultuous Showa Era (1926—1989), as Japan transitioned through the Second World War and the era of rapid economic growth, followed by the “bubble economy,” Hayashi caught everything around him on camera, from snapshots portraying social conditions and portraits of intellectuals and artists to scenic photographs that sought to depict the essence of Japanese culture. Driven by the energy of a resurgent Japan, Hayashi furiously photographed everything he saw, and this prolific way of working earned him a well-deserved reputation as a titan of Showa Era photography.

This exhibition, supervised by Tadahiko Hayashi's fourth son, the photographer Yoshikatsu Hayashi, focuses on two periods during the nearly 50 years that his father was active, looking back on his achievements from a new perspective. Part 1 of the exhibition displays monochrome photographs documenting postwar Tokyo and its people, epitomized by Hayashi's early masterpiece, Kasutori jidai. Part 2 exhibits color photographs handpicked from Hayashi's Chashitsu and Tokaido anthologies. The Chashitsu anthology features traditional tea ceremony venues throughout Japan designated as national treasures or important cultural properties, and represents the pinnacle of Hayashi's aesthetic sense and camera technique; the Tokaido anthology was completed as his final lifework with the help of his son Yoshikatsu. The various works demonstrate the contrast between the early years of Hayashi's photographic activity and the work he undertook toward the end of his life, at the same time highlighting his unwavering conviction that photographs serve as records. Every one of Hayashi's photographs is imbued with a power that brings the era and the photographer's feelings to life, evoking a strong emotional response.

Immerse yourself in the world of Tadahiko Hayashi, the Showa Era's great photographic titan.

* Kasutori derives from kasutori shochu (a rotgut liquor), which was manufactured illicitly during the postwar period when commodities were scarce. The magazines launched one after the other at that time were called kasutori magazines, in a play on words likening them to drinkers of the liquor. Just as kasutori shochu drinkers fell apart after their third drink, so most of the magazines failed after their third issue.

Current Exhibitions

Explanation Sessions
Each day at 15:30, an explanation session of the Fujifilm Photo History Museum and the current photo exhibitions are held for retired Fujifilm staff for a period of approx. 30 minutes. All visitors to FUJIFILM SQUARE are also invited to attend these explanations sessions.

Time and days Everyday at 15:30
(including weekends and public holidays; duration: approx. 30 minutes)
VenueFujifilm Photo History Museum
* please note that seating is not available
No prior application required

In 2017, the Photo History Museum was formally approved by the Association for Corporate Support of the Arts for its “contributions to society through the promotion of arts and culture” and was permitted to use the official “This is MECENAT 2017” mark.

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