Month of Photography, Tokyo 2006

The annual Month of Photography, Tokyo will be held during May and June 2006. Besides the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, many photo galleries in Tokyo will hold a diverse array of photo exhibitions.

The main exhibitions will feature photos from provincial cities which hold photo festivals such as Higashikawa in Hokkaido, Shunan in Yamaguchi, Sakata in Yamagata Pref., and Sagamihara in Kanagawa. Also, Vietnamese photographers will also be featured for the Asian photographers exhibition.

Highlights are as follows:

Photo Culture in the Provincial Cities
Photos by overseas photographers in the collection of Higashikawa, Hokkaido.
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (3rd floor)
June 1-18, 10:00-18:00 (till 20:00 on Thu. & Fri.), closed Mon.
Sample photos: http://www.psj.or.jp/gekkan/schedule/kikaku2006-1.html

Asian Photographers 2006, Vietnam
Photos by various photographers in Vietnam.

Hanoi Emotion
Konica-Minolta Plaza
May 19-29
Sample photos: http://www.psj.or.jp/gekkan/schedule/kikaku2006-2.html

Image and Shadow
Canon Gallery Ginza
May 29-June 3
Sample photos: http://www.psj.or.jp/gekkan/schedule/kikaku2006-2.html

Olympus Gallery
June 1-7
Sample photos: http://www.psj.or.jp/gekkan/schedule/kikaku2006-2.html

Portrait Gallery
May 30-June 18
Sample photos: http://www.psj.or.jp/gekkan/schedule/kikaku2006-2.html

Vietnamese Women Photographers
Aidem Photo Gallery – Sirius
June 1-7
Sample photos: http://www.psj.or.jp/gekkan/schedule/kikaku2006-2.html

Day of Photography Exhibition
Shinjuku Park Tower Atrium (not at Ebisu Garden Place)
May 31-June 8, 10:30-18:00, (till 17:00 on last day)
http://www.psj.or.jp/gekkan/schedule/contest2006/index.html

1000-Person Photo Exhibition
Featuring photos submitted by 1,000 people.
Shinjuku Park Tower Atrium (not at Ebisu Garden Place)
May 26-29, 10:30-18:00, (till 17:00 on last day)
http://www.psj.or.jp/gekkan/schedule/1000/1000nin06.html

Photographic Society of Japan Award-Winning Works
Featuring winning works of PSJ’s annual photo awards.
Ginza Fuji Photo Salon
June 2-8, 10:00-20:00, (till 14:00 on last day)

For phone numbers, addresses, and directions to the galleries, see PhotoSpaces at http://photojpn.org/dir/listings.php?cmd=viewlistB&cid=41

Detailed schedule (in Japanese) provided at the PSJ site:
http://www.psj.or.jp/gekkan/schedule/index2006.html

Organized by the Photographic Society of Japan (Nihon Shashin Kyokai) with the cooperation of the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. Tel: (03) 5276-3585

Leica Camera Japan opens new store in Ginza

On April 22, 2006, Leica Camera Japan opened a new store in Ginza. It is the first store in the world to be operated by leica. Besides selling Leica products, it will have a repair center and photo gallery. Elliot Erwitt is showing until July 2006.

Address: Tokaido Ginza Bldg., 1st and 2nd floors
Ginza 6-4-1
Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Hours: 11 am – 7 pm, closed Mon.
http://en.leica-camera.com/culture/galeries/gallery_tokyo/

April Fool’s at digitalcamera.jp

What I would call the Japanese version of dpreview (minus the forums) is digitalcamera.jp run by camera mag writer Kumio Yamada. People who cannot read Japanese and only look at the images and headlines might be fooled into thinking that those incredible camera announcements are really true.

Well, the long, elaborate entry for April 1, 2006 is a joke. He did it last year as well, and more than a few people outside Japan fell for it. This year’s joke included his announcement of the Nikon D80 with a 10-meg CCD sensor to succeed the D70, and Canon EOS-1Ds Mark X to be marketed in the fall. FujiFilm’s new D-SLR called FinePix S4 Pro is to be based on Nikon’s F100 film SLR. At the end of the entry in red Japanese text, he apologizes and says it’s an April Fool’s joke.

End of Bronica

In Oct., Tamron announced the termination of their Bronica medium-format business with the discontinuation of the Bronica RF645 6×4.5 camera and its interchangeable lenses and accessories. The decision was made due to the shift to digital cameras by wedding and portrait photographers who formed the main core of the Bronica market. The Bronica brand is now history.

Photo Imaging Expo 2006, Mar. 23-26

On March 23-26, 2006, Photo Imaging Expo (PIE 2006) will be held at Tokyo Big Sight.

This is THE photo expo in Japan where you can find small-format cameras and accessories, large-format and professional equipment, and minilabs.

It is Asia’s largest photo trade show. Opening hours: 10:00 - 17:00 (till 16:00 on last day). Admission 1,000 yen.

English Web site: http://www.pie2006.com/
The Web site includes information (including rates) on having a booth at the show.

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