Invitation to photographers’ meetings in July in Tokyo

Hey y’all,

My networking urge has crept in again and I feel compelled to set up informal meetings of fellow photographers in the Tokyo area. So during July (mainly the weekends), let’s meet, show each other our photos, and talk about our favorite hobby (or profession).

I’m willing to set up meetings for 2 to 10 people at a time. We can meet at a family restaurant or wine bar or anywhere decent. I did this before, and it was mainly a show-and-tell thing. But this time, I want to try and focus on a specific topic such as any of the following:

– Digital photography
– Holding a photo exhibition in Tokyo
– Visiting rental darkrooms in Tokyo/Yokohama
– Visiting stock photo agencies in Tokyo
– Publishing a photo book in Japan
– Constructing a photo Web site
– Finding a job or working as a photographer in Japan
– Show & tell (your slides or photos)

The meetings will be totally free (you might have to pay for your own food or drinks) and conducted mainly in English. Anyone interested in photography can come.

The meeting may include a field trip to a gallery, etc. Or I might invite a knowledgeable friend who can talk about the respective meeting topic. Or we can just sit and talk aimlessly like the blind leading the blind. It will be very informal, and I’ll probably never see you again after the meeting. So let’s enjoy it while we can.

If you’re interested, send me e-mail with the following info:

– Your name, nationality, and current occupation
– Your location (nearest train/subway station)
– Days and hours in July when you can meet
– What topics above you’re interested in
– What kind of pictures you take and can show others
– Any field of expertise that you could share with others
– Anything that you want to promote (your book, company, etc.)

Hope to hear from a lot of people!

Month of Photography, Tokyo 2003

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

Highlights are as follows:

Challenge of Artists in Their 20s: IN & OUT
Featuring young Japanese and Korean photographers.
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (2nd floor)
May 30-June 15, 10:00-18:00 (till 20:00 on Thu. & Fri.), closed Mon.
Sample photos:

Challenge of Artists in Their 20s: IN & OUT
Featuring young Korean college student photographers in Japan.
Shinjuku Nikon Salon
June 10-16, 10:00-19:00 (till 16:00 on 16th)
Sample photos:

Challenge of Artists in Their 20s: IN & OUT
Featuring young Korean college student photographers in Japan.
Shinjuku Konica Plaza, Gallery C
June 10-17, 10:30-19:00 (till 15:00 on 17th)

Women-Only Photo Exhibition
Featuring women photographers.
Shinjuku Park Tower Atrium, Gallery 3
May 29-June 15, 10:30-18:00, Awards ceremony on May 31, 13:00
Sample photos:

Photographic Society of Japan Award-Winning Works
Featuring winning works of PSJ’s annual photo awards. Winners include Brazilian Sebastiao Salgado, Etsuro Ishihara (Zeit Photo Salon), Guardian Garden, and Naoya Hatakeyama.
Ginza Fuji Photo Salon
May 30-June 5, 10:00-20:00, (till 14:00 on 5th)

1000-Person Photo Exhibition
Featuring photos submitted by 1,000 people.
Yebisu Garden Place
May 30-June 1, 10:00-20:00, (till 18:00 on 1st)

For phone numbers, addresses, and directions to the galleries, see PhotoSpaces at

Detailed schedule (in Japanese) provided at the PSJ site:

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

Ricoh pulling out of film camera business

In April, it was announced that Ricoh will pull out of the film camera business after its current inventory of film cameras runs out. It has already stopped developing film cameras.

With only a 1% market share in the film camera market dominated by Canon and Nikon, Ricoh will instead concentrate on digital cameras.

So if there’s a Ricoh film camera that you’ve always wanted, better buy it now before it’s too late.

Tokyo Pinup Girls by Nathalie Daoust

Hailing from Montreal, Canada, Nathalie Daoust lived in Roppongi up until early 2003 and photographed foreign strippers working in nearby clubs. She has made the series using a lenticular technique which look like gif animations.

Now she has opened a new Web site with her neat photos of these foreign strippers (called Tokyo Girls).

I’ve been in touch with Nathalie during her stay in Tokyo and supported her activities. I even lent her my pole cats so she could build a photo studio in her tiny apt.

I’m sure you’ll enjoy her artistic work and Web site.

PhotoGuide Japan in PhotoStage magazine, May-June 2003

The current issue (May-June 2003) of PhotoStage magazine features a two-page article about PhotoGuide Japan and yours truly. The interview is in Japanese. It explains why I started the Web site and other details.

This is a free magazine distributed at photo galleries in Tokyo such as the Nikon Salon in Ginza and Shinjuku. It provides photo exhibition schedules for photo galleries in the Tokyo area (including Yokohama and Kawasaki).

US Ambassador Howard Baker’s exhibition, April 12-18, 2003, Tokyo

US Ambassador Howard H. Baker, Jr. and Russian ambassador to Japan, Alexander N. Panov, will have a joint photo exhibition in Tokyo. They will show their photos of Japan.

The exhibition is called “A slice of life.”

When: April 12-18, 2003, 10:30-19:00 (till 15:00 on 18th)
Where: Konica Plaza, Gallery A and B, Shinjuku, Tokyo
One-minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station’s East Exit.


A few of their photos are also in the current (April) issue of Asahi Camera magazine.

In case you didn’t know, Howard Baker is an avid photographer.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston-History of Japanese Photography

“History of Japanese Photography”

This exhibition is the first comprehensive account of Japanese photography from its inception in the mid-nineteenth century to the present.

Assembled by a team of distinguished Japanese and Western scholars, this groundbreaking exhibition establishes that photography began to play a vital role in Japanese culture soon after its introduction to Japan in the 1850s. The exhibition explores the medium’s evolution and aesthetic shifts in relation to Japan’s historical and cultural developments; the interaction of Japanese photographers with Western photographers; the link between photography and other Japanese art forms; and photography as a record and catalyst of change.

The first Western survey of this rich and challenging history comprises more than 200 photographs, books, and magazines made between 1854 and 1998. Accompanying the exhibition is a groundbreaking catalogue copublished by the MFAH and Yale University Press.

On view through April 27, 2003 at the Caroline Wiess Law Building, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Texas, USA).

You can buy the exhibition catalog at ISBN 0300099258

etc. english discontinued

Dear subscriber to etc.english,

I am writing to inform you that etc.english will no longer be published on a regular basis. I thank you for supporting the publication and apologize for any inconvenience caused by its discontinuation.

To replace the regular edition I have made an index of Tokyo art galleries and museums in PDF, which includes contact details, website links, maps and information about the kind of art usually exhibited. The index, which will be updated periodically, can be accessed from the etc.english web site (, where you can also browse past editions of the publication.

If you require a regular source of information about the Japanese art scene, please try the monthly Japanese Art Scene Monitor (, which I edit.

I am also involved in the Mori Art Museum, a new museum due to open in Tokyo in October this year (, and contribute articles to Art In Sight, the monthly art supplement of the International Herald Tribune – Asahi (sometimes included on

Some other useful English sites on Japanese art include:

Assembly Language
PhotoGuide Japan
Tokyo Q
Real Tokyo

Thank you again and I encourage you to continue supporting Tokyo’s art galleries.

Yours sincerely,

Edan Corkill

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