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(Upper) Kineo Kuwabara, At the Time of the February 26 Incident, Kojimachi-ku Babasakimon, 1936.
(Lower) Nobuyoshi Araki, From Sentimental Journey, 1971.

FUJIFILM Photo Collection Special Exhibition
Master and Apprentice: Their Respective Photographic Expression

FUJIFILM SQUARE Photo History Museum Photo Exhibition

Oct 20 – Dec 28, 2021

PHOTO HISTORY MUSEUM

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Highlights

The exhibition presents 28 works by 28 photographers and introduces overlooked relationships between photographers including Kiyoji Otsuji (1923–2001), who taught photography at the Kuwasawa Design School in the 1960s, and his student Shigeo Gocho (1946–1983), or Bishin Jumonji (1947–) who learned on the job while working as assistant to Kishin Shinoyama (1940–) in the 1960s. Other relationships are not always straightforward mentor-protégé relationships. For example, Kineo Kuwabara (1913–2007), a well-known editor whose masterpieces were discovered by Nobuyoshi Araki (1940–). What lessons did their protégés take away from the photographic expression of the mentors, and where did the search for photographic expression take them? By observing and comparing the works of mentors and protégés, the exhibition alludes to the nature of photographic expression.

About the exhibition

The FUJIFILM SQUARE Photo History Museum is pleased to present a carefully selected group of works from the FUJIFILM Photo Collection rearranged for this special exhibition.

Since the FUJIFILM Photo Collection was established in 2014 on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of FUJIFILM Corporation, its guiding principle has been to protect photographic culture. Ranging from the late Edo period through the Meiji era to the present day, the collection consists of 101 photographs of historical significance taken by 101 leading Japanese photographers. It is a rare collection that presents the trajectory of the history of Japanese photography and developments in the world of photography. As such it has toured museums and galleries around the country a total of 17 times, giving many people the opportunity to enjoy the photographs. In 2018, the collection was presented with the Art of Moment award for excellence at the 2018 Mécénat Awards sponsored by the Association for Corporate Support of the Arts after a comprehensive assessment of the collection and its presentation as well as the management of the FUJIFILM PHOTO SALON and the Photo History Museum.

Entitled Master and Apprentice: Their Respective Photographic Expression, this special exhibition of works from the FUJIFILM Photo Collection features photographers who had some professional connection with each other: masters and their apprentices, photographers and their assistants, or teachers and their students. It is an attempt to decipher the photographic expression of each photographer based on a single outstanding work. The exhibition presents 28 works by 28 photographers and introduces overlooked relationships between photographers including Kiyoji Otsuji (1923–2001), who taught photography at the Kuwasawa Design School in the 1960s, and his student Shigeo Gocho (1946–1983), or Bishin Jumonji (1947–) who learned on the job while working as assistant to Kishin Shinoyama (1940–) in the 1960s. Other relationships are not always straightforward master-apprentice relationships. For example, Kineo Kuwabara (1913–2007), a well-known editor whose masterpieces were discovered by Nobuyoshi Araki (1940–). What lessons did the apprentices take away from the photographic expression of the masters, and where did the search for photographic expression take them? By observing and comparing the works of masters and apprentices, the exhibition alludes to the nature of photographic expression. We hope that you will enjoy the new encounter with the FUJIFILM Photo Collection.

Featured Photographers

Koyo Okada, Shiro Shirahata / Teiko Shiotani, Shoji Ueda / Ihei Kimura, Takeyoshi Tanuma / Yukio Tabuchi, Takeshi Mizukoshi / Kineo Kuwabara, Nobusyoshi Araki / Tadahiko Hayashi, Tomio Seike / Takeji Iwamiya, Daido Moriyama / Takashi Kijima, Kazuyoshi Nomachi / Kiyoji Otsuji, Shigeo Gocho / Kojo Tanaka, Michio Hoshino / Eiko Hosoe, Hitoshi Fugo / Kishin Shinoyama, Bishin Jumonji / Masahisa Fukase, Masato Seto / Taiji Arita, Yoshihiko Ueda

Exhibition overview

Title FUJIFILM SQUARE Photo History Museum Photo Exhibition
FUJIFILM Photo Collection Special Exhibition
Master and Apprentice: Their Respective Photographic Expression
Dates Oct 20 – Dec 28, 2021
Time 10:00 - 19:00 (The exhibition closes at 16:00 on the final day. Last admission is ten minutes before closing.) Open every day
Venue FUJIFILM SQUARE Photo History Museum
Admission Free

*This exhibition is being held as a corporate MECENAT activity. Admission is free to allow everyone to enjoy this exhibition.

Number of works 28 works
Organized by FUJIFILM Corporation

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PHOTO HISTORY MUSEUM

~ History of Photography — more than 170 years ~

Not many museums focus on the historical evolution of the photographic arts and cameras like you will discover here. More than 170 years of history are recounted through exhibits of antique cameras and Fujifilm products, as well as periodic exhibitions of historically significant photos. You will revel at how photography has transitioned over the years.

MECENAT
In 2021, The FUJIFILM SQUARE Photo History Museum was recognized by the Association for Corporate Support of the Arts for “contributions to society through the promotion of arts and culture” and has been authorized to use the “THIS IS MECENAT 2021” logo.