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

History of Photography

Exhibits

Japan’s oldest camera obscura (Late 18th century)
A historically valuable optical device which was used for the drafting of drawings, leading to the invention of cameras

Japan’s oldest camera obscura (Late 18th century)

The Leica A
— the first precision small-format 35mm camera
(Leitz, Germany, 1925)

The Leica A was the first camera to use 35mm film (used for motion pictures) in a still camera, and had a major impact on later small-format cameras. The 24×36mm format sensor is still used in modern-day digital cameras.

Leica A(1925)

You can learn about the over 170-year history of photography through about 100 pieces of classic cameras and photos on display. The treasured collection includes a camera obscura (the Latin origin of English word “camera”) invented as a drawing aid and rare antique cameras.


Hands-on Experience with Replicas

Exhibits

Kinora (replica)
An imaging device that shows a series of photos in motion

Kinora (replica)

Camera obscura (replica)
A single-lens reflex-type camera obscura which shows the erected image of an object when viewed from the top

Camera obscura (replica)

Replicas of devices related to photography and cameras are exhibited, including the Kinora and zoetrope (early motion picture devices) and the camera obscura (a predecessor of photographic cameras). You can see and touch them to experience the joy of photography.


Films and Cameras Throughout the History of Fujifilm

Exhibits

FUJICA SIX IA (1948)
A 120 film camera, the first camera manufactured by Fujifilm

FUJICA SIX IA (1948)

Fujicolor negative film (1958)
Fujifilm’s first color negative 120 film

Fujicolor negative film (1958)

Since the establishment of its predecessor Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd. in 1934, Fujifilm has developed not only photosensitive materials but also cameras which produce supreme quality still photos and movies. This museum houses a collection of about 300 items of film and cameras showcasing the history of Fujifilm.


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