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Don Juan, Count of Montizon, Hippopotamus at the Zoological Gardens, Regent’s Park, London, 1852, British Library © British Library Board (C.43.i.7)

The Origin of Photography: Great Britain

Mar. 5May. 6, 2019

  • Mar. 5May. 6, 2019
  • Closed :Monday (however open on Apr. 29, May. 6)
  • Admission:Adults ¥900/College Students ¥800/High School and Junior High School Students,Over 65 ¥700

Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, which fills the role of Japan’s main photographic culture center, holds an exhibition every spring focusing on early photographs and this year, 2019, it will present ‘The Origin of Photography: Great Britain’ exhibition. Research into methods of photography began in the latter part of the 18th century, and with the announcement of the invention of the first photographic technology in 1839, the curtain was raised on photographic culture. In Great Britain, research developed by the members of the Victorian aristocracy was to have a broad influence on culture. In this exhibition we will present numerous works, many of them for the first time in Japan, to show the varied developments in photographic culture that took place in Great Britain but which remain largely unknown in Japan. In addition, it will also allow visitors a rare view of Great Britain during the 19th century, captured through contemporary photographs. We hope that you will come and see the broad range of Great Britain’s photographic culture and history that served as an inspiration to the Japanese during the latter half of the 19th century.

John Herschel, A cave in the cliff on beach, Dawlish,Devon, 1816, Camera Lucida drawing, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum

William Henry Fox Talbot, Portrait of Talbot's second daughter, Rosamond Talbot, 1844, Salted paper print/Paper negative,
Tokyo Photographic Art Museum

Portrait of William Henry Fox Talbot, Claudet, Antoine François Jean, c.1845, Daguerreotype © British Library Board

Victor Albert Prout, The Interior of the Abbey of Westminster‘The Choir, looking East’, Before 1860, Albumen print, Historic England Archive By permission of Historic England Archive

Clementina Hawarden, Clementina Maude, Lady 1863, Albumen print, National Science and Media Museum © National Science & Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

Henry Peach Robinson, Carolling, 1887, Gelatin silver print P.O.P., printed later, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum

William Kinninmond Burton, 'Exhibition of Foreign Photographs/ A Catalogue of the Exhibition of the Photographic Society of Japan', 1893, Book, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum


Gallery Tours in English
Mar. 8 (Fri) 18:00~19:00
Mar. 10 (Sun) 14:00~15:00
As a special service for this exhibition, there will be two guided tours of the gallery conducted in English. The lecturer is Sebastian Dobson, a researcher in photographic history, who will provide explanation in English while guiding visitors through the exhibition for about an hour. Free with purchase of regular exhibition admission.
Lecture: Professor Larry Schaaf
Apr. 21 (Sun) 14:00~15:30
A lecture by the leading expert on early British photography, Professor Larry Schaaf.
Speaker: Prof. Larry J. SCHAAF [Director of the William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné] *with simultaneous interpretation.
Venue: Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, 1F Hall
The fee is free. 
*Limit 190 people
*Numbered tickets will be distributed at the 1F Information desk from 10 am on the day.
Alternative Process Workshop: Calotype Negative Preparation Demonstration [in Japanese]
Mar. 30 (Sat) 15:00~17:30
Venue: 1st Floor Studio, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum. Participants: 50 [first-come basis]. Entry: free. A demonstration allowing participants to watch the process of producing a calotype negative [paper-based negative]. This offers the ideal opportunity to learn the technique of producing the world’s first negative/positive photograph process.
*After the presentation is complete, applications can be made for a ‘Calotype Production Workshop’ that will be held on April 6 [Sat.] and 7 [Sun.] For further details please refer to the museum’s website [participation charge payable, open only to those who attended the initial demonstration].
Gallery Talk by Exhibition Curator [in Japanese]
The curator in charge of the exhibition will give an explanation of the exhibits between 14:00 and 15:00 on the dates listed below. Participants should gather at the entrance to the 3rd floor gallery with an entrance ticket stamped for that day.
March 15 [Fri.], April 5 [Fri.], April 19 [Fri.], April 29 [Mon./holiday], May 3 [Fri./holiday], May 4 [Sat./holiday], May 5 [Sun./holiday]
‘The Origin of Photography: Great Britain’ Lecture Series
March 7 (Thu.) 18:00~19:30 Sebastian DOBSON [Photograph Researcher] 
March 9 (Sat.) 14:00~15:30 Dr. Luke GARTLAN [Senior Lecturer, St. Andrews University]  * in English with consecutive Japanese interpretation
March 15 (Fri.) 18:00~19:30 TORIUMI Saki [Full-time Lecturer, Art Department, Nihon University College of Art] 
March 23 (Sat.) 14:00~15:30 Dr. UCHIBAYASHI Shun [Special Researcher, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo] 
March 29 (Fri.) 18:00~19:30 Prof. TAKAHASHI Norihide [Professor, Art Department, Nihon University College of Art] 
Lectures on early British photography to be given in Japanese by researchers.
Venue: 1st Floor Studio, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum. Seating for each session: 50 *Numbered tickets will be distributed at the 1F Information Desk from 10:00 on the day. Please enter in order of the ticket number, seating unrestricted
British Art Exhibition Discount
Entry to this exhibition will include a discount for the ‘Parabola of Pre-Raphaelitism’ [Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum] and vice versa for the duration of both exhibitions.
Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum ‘Parabola of Pre-Raphaelitism’ [March 14–June 9] 
More information is here