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
INTERFACE — Or, What Japan's Great Post-War Photographers Kept Looking For.
An Inquiry into the Artistic Practice of Shomei Tomatsu.

Date :
Part 1   ‘Plastics’   July 1st — Aug. 14th, 2017
Part 2   ‘Interfaces’   August 15th — Sept. 30th, 2017

At the begin of the 1960s, Shomei Tomatsu stunned Japan's photographic scene with his black-and-white series’ such as ‘House’, ‘Occupation’ or ‘Nagasaki’. After covering the U.S. military bases in Okinawa at the end of the 1960s — he published photographs of these bases as part of a collection titled ‘The Pencil of the Sun’ in 1975 — Tomatsu then turned to color photography and, while making the coverage of Nagasaki his lifework, brought forth a diverse portfolio that in various ways keeps influencing the world of photography until today.
When engaging with photographs by Shomei Tomatsu, one should also not forget, that he himself regarded his heart surgery in 1986 as a turning point also in his photographic practices. For, as he stated after the surgery, this experience made his interests shift to questions surrounding the human will and power to survive. With this experience as a connecting node, the exhibition is divided into two parts. The first part will show Tomatsu's series ‘Plastics’, which he took a few years after his surgery, in 1988 and 1989. The second part will feature ‘Interface’, a series of photographs he took between 1968 and 1996.

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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