PHOTO HISTORY MUSEUM ~ History of Photography ・more than 170 years ~s

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


Cultural Landscape of Japan — Nara Yamatoji
A photo exhibition by Taikichi Irie

Date : January 4th , 2017 (Wednesday) - March 22th (Wednesday)

Taikichi Irie was born Nara prefecture in 1905, and from an early age set his heart on becoming an artist. At the age of 17, his brother gave him a camera which triggered his lifelong love of photography. At the age of 26, he set up a photography shop, Kogeisha, in Osaka, but the shop suffered heavy damage during US bombing raids in the Second World War, and in 1945 he and his wife returned to Irie's hometown in Nara. The surrounding landscape of his Nara home combined scenic beauty with ancient temples - exuding a sense of peacefulness and tranquility, and evoking images of the area's distant history. This was the perfect remedy for the trauma Irie had experienced in Osaka. However, immediately after the end of the war, a rumor circulated that the US occupation forces were planning to round up all the ancient Buddhist statuary in Nara and ship them to the US. Aware that these statues were a key element in the make-up of the Japanese psyche, Irie decided that the least he could do was to take photographic images that captured the essence of Nara's Buddhist statues. He then embarked on a journey around Nara's Yamatoji area - that would eventually take half a century - to capture images of Nara's ancient temples and natural beauty. The Yamatoji refers to the area that extends south from Kyoto to modern-day Nara prefecture. This is the area where the people of Japan in the Asuka (538-710AD) and the Tenpyo (729-749AD) periods blended their existing belief and practice of nature worship with Buddhist ideology. Irie set about his self-appointed mission of capturing the quintessential soul of the Nara plains to appeal to a wide Japanese audience while also seeking to pay homage to those countless generations who had come before.

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 2016, 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 2016” mark.

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