（Panorama of Nagasaki) , Photograph: Uchida Kuichi, Distributed by Kusakabe Kinbei
Photograph: 1872 Print: c.1882-97, Hand-colored albumen print, Collection of Tokyo Photographic Art Museum
Geneses of Photography in Japan: Nagasaki
Mar. 6—May. 6, 2018
- Mar. 6—May. 6, 2018
- Closed ：Monday (if Monday is a national holiday or a substitute holiday, it is the next day)
- Admission：Adults ¥ 700／College Students ¥ 600／High School and Junior High School Students, Over 65 ¥ 500
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Meiji Era, the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum will hold a series of exhibitions based on the earliest Japanese photographs, depicting the birthplaces of Japanese photography and reconstructing a visual account of Japan during the mid-nineteenth century. The first of a series of exhibitions, this year we will present ‘Geneses of Photography in Japan: Nagasaki’.
Approximately 150 years ago, the Edo period came to an end and the Japanese government set about the creation of a Western-style nation. Photography arrived in Japan with the opening of the country’s borders, where it was used to capture this period of transition, passing it down to us today. Pierre Joseph Rossier and Felice Beato were among the foreign photographers who visited Nagasaki, leaving numerous photographs. In addition, there were also the early Japanese photographers, including UENO Hikoma, said to be the founder of Japanese photography, UCHIDA Kuichi, TAKESHITA Keiji, TAMEMASA Torazō, etc., whose works led to the popularization of photography in this country. Photography soon became established in its birthplace, and large numbers of photographs were produced, recording Japan as it moved from a feudal to modern society.
This exhibition, welcoming the expert on Nagasaki Dr. HIMENO Junichi (Professor Emeritus of Nagasaki University) as an advisor, will not be limited to early photographs, but will present other ‘items’ connected with the mid-eighteenth century, centered around photographs but also including mounts and album bindings. In addition, it will include maps, paintings, crafts and original works or materials that span the borderlines between genres, such as projections and large-scale maps, reconstructing an image of the ‘Nagasaki’ of the late Edo and early Meiji periods from a variety of angles.