Cameraman’s handy booklet in Asahi Camera

If you can read Japanese, be sure to buy this month’s Asahi Camera magazine (Nov. 2004 issue). It includes a small booklet called “Cameraman Benricho 2005.”

This little booklet looks unimpressive, but it is actually packed very useful information:

– List of photo galleries/museums in Japan (including gallery maps for Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Kyoto, Fukuoka).
– A 2005 calendar of events listing the dates of major festivals in Japan (there are many!).
– A list of 120 best spots for cherry blossoms in Japan.
– A directory of tourist information offices in all 47 prefectures.

And this is only Volume 1. Volume 2 is coming in next month’s issue. I look forward to seeing what information it will have.

Bronica ETRSi discontinued

Tamron has announced that the Bronica ETRSi medium-format camera and its lenses/accessories will be discontinued at the end of Dec. 2004. It has been on the market for 28 years.

Servicing and spare parts will be available for about 10 years for the camera and lenses (5 years for accessories).

Izima Kaoru at Von Lintel Gallery Oct. 12-Nov. 13, 2004

Izima Kaoru
Landscapes with a Corpse

October 14 – November 13, 2004

Von Lintel Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by Japanese photographer Izima Kaoru. This exhibition depicts his romantic and provocative vision of beauty. In the ongoing Landscapes with a Corpse series, color and environment play a key role. Kaoru’s photographs possess a mysteriously alluring quality, both beautiful and tragic.

He orchestrates the process with an intense attention to detail, choosing a specific designer’s clothing for his models. Then with a cinematic flare, he choreographs their exact placement. Each shot captures the subject from a different angle and distance, providing the viewer with a sense of both wonder and resolution.

Kaoru views death as an integral part of life, rather than the opposite, and makes this apparent with his dynamic compositions and vibrant, celebratory choice of color. Landscapes with a Corpse evokes feelings of sympathy, while allowing the experience of death to be triumphantly graceful, beautiful, and inviting.

Izima Kaoru has exhibited widely in the United States and Europe, and is represented in numerous public and private collections internationally. A catalogue of this series will be available.

For more information please contact the gallery at 212 242 0599 or mailto:

555 WEST 25th STREET
NEW YORK, NY 10001

T : 1 212 242 0599
F : 1 212 242 0803

Maruzen Bookstore’s new Tokyo store

On Sept. 14, 2004, Maruzen Bookstore opened their new Tokyo store right in front of Tokyo Station near the Marunouchi North Exit.

It’s a beautiful store with many shelves of foreign/imported books and magazines. There’s also a gallery space and famed photographer Daido Moriyama was the first to exhibit there.

The old Nihonbashi store will close in Oct. temporarily until 2007 since the building will be rebuilt. During the interim, they will have a temporary Nihonbashi store near the old location.

The new Tokyo store (Marunouchi Honten) will prove to be more convenient for many of us.

Photo Imaging Expo 2005 in Tokyo

On March 17-20, 2005, the new, gigantic Photo Imaging Expo (PIE 2005) will be held at Tokyo Big Sight.

Up to 2004, there was the Photo Expo for small-format cameras and accessories, International Professional Photo Fair (IPPF) featuring large-format and professional equipment, and the Lab System Show for minilabs all held on different dates. Well, from next year 2005, these three trade shows will be combined into one big show called the Photo Imaging Expo.

There will be 1,000 booths by 200 companies. It will be Asia’s largest photo trade show. About 100,000 people are expected to attend (admission 1,000 yen).

English Web site:
The Web site includes information (including rates) on having a booth at the show.

At last, we can check out both 35mm cameras and large-format cameras on the same day under the same roof.

Very good!

Photo City Sagamihara symposium, Oct. 17, 2004

As part of their 50th anniversary of the city’s founding, Sagamihara in Kanagawa will hold their annual photo festival in Oct. 2004.

One highlight will be a symposium on Oct. 17, 2004 at 2 pm featuring TBS TV news anchorman Tetsuya Tsukuji who will give a photography-related talk. He will be followed by a panel discussion at 4 pm by three panelists. The venue will be Ajisai Kaikan Hall near JR Sagamihara Station (South Exit) on the Yokohama Line.

More info, call in Japanese: (042) 769-8202

Web site:

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