International Professional Photo Fair (IPPF)

This annual camera show for pro photographers will be held as follows:

When: March 6 to 8, 10 am to 5 pm.
Where: Ikebukuro Sunshine City Convention Center in Ikebukuro, Tokyo.

Targeting professional photographers, this show features mostly pro-use equipment such as large-format cameras, commercial studio equipment, high-end digital cameras, portrait studio backgrounds and props, etc. Companies like Comet, broncolor, Toyo, Wista, Dicomed, Ilford, Canon, Nikon, Hasselblad, Linhof, Noritsu Koki, Kindai International, and Horseman are represented. (Japanese)

Photo Expo 2003 on Mar. 14-16, Tokyo Big Sight

Japan largest camera show and photo accessory show will be held on March 14-16, 2003 at Tokyo Big Sight (accessible via the Yurikamome Line from JR Shimbashi Station). Hours: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission is free, but registration at the door is required.

Sadly, the show will be held only in Tokyo from this year. It will not be held in Osaka as in previous years.

See Web site at

Tokyo Photo Night: Shigeichi Nagano on Feb. 5

Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2003 (6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.).

An invitation to the Tokyo photo community and friends!

The next viewing of the Tokyo Photo Night series will be held on Wednesday,
February 5, from 6:30 p.m. at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan in
Yurakucho. This time TPN is pleased to be showing the work of:

Shigeichi Nagano
A Chronicle of Japan: A Life in Photography

For over fifty years veteran photographer Shigeichi Nagano has documented
Japan from the postwar era, to the rise of the industrial age, to the
digital dependent culture of today. Along the way his style of
photojournalism has provided a human portrait of a land in transition by
combining both visual and narrative elements.

>From an early stint in the late 1940s on the editorial staff of the Sun
News Weekly in which he worked alongside Ihei Kimura, and through the early
1950s as a staff photographer for the Iwanami Library of Photography,
Nagano traveled all over Japan documenting the changing times of his
country. In 1954 he turned freelance and in the decades to follow earned a
reputation as one of Japan’s top photojournalists, producing photo essays
and documentary films.

To this day Nagano remains actively involved in photography at the age of
77. He is the recipient of numerous awards including: Camera Arts Award and
Artist Award, Japan Photo Critics Association, 1960; Ina Nobuo Award, 1986;
Award of the Year, Photographic Society of Japan, 1991; Award of the Year,
Photographic Society of Japan, 1995. His works are held in the permanent
collections of Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, the George Eastman
House and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. He has also published numerous
books including: Japan’s Dream Age, 1978; A Chronicle of Japan, 2000; and
Distant Gaze, 2001.

This event is open to the public, you do not have to be a member of the
FCCJ to attend.


– Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2003.

– Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

– Where: The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan in Yurakucho

– Admission: FREE and open to the public.

– Food & drink: if you like, an optional buffet service will be available
for \1575 (tax included). RESERVATIONS FOR THE BUFFET MUST BE MADE prior to
the show date by calling the FCCJ at 03-3211-3161. Drinks can be purchased
at the bar.


The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan is located on the 20th Floor of
the Yurakucho Denki North Building. It is a two minute walk from the
following stations:

– Hibiya Station
– Ginza Station
– Yurakucho Station

Parking is also available in the basement of the Yurakucho Denki Building
(at half price if the parking stub is stamped by the FCCJ reception desk).


The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan
Yurakucho Denki North Bldg. 20F
Yurakucho 1-7-1 Chiyoda-ku Tokyo 100-0006
tel: 03-3211-3161
fax: 03-3211-3168


Check out the Tokyo Photo Night WEBSITE.

Here you can view a sample of Shigeichi Nagano’s work, get a map &
directions to this month’s location, as well as see the works of previous
Tokyo Photo Night photographers. This website is bilingual .


Produced by Torin Boyd

PhotoGuide Japan Roadmap for 2003

At the top of the agenda is the ongoing conversion to a database-driven site. It’s a lot of work, but progressing nicely. It should be ready in Jan. or Feb. Here’s a brief sample of the site’s major changes:

  • The site will have three major database-driven modules. One for textual information, one for photos (already in place), and one for contact addresses and phone numbers like a phone book.
  • The photographers’ biographies in PhotoWho’sWho will be totally revamped and each biography will have its own Web page. Many biographies will also include a Japanese-language bio. People can also post a comment on the page for any questions, corrections, or supplemental information.
  • PhotoHistory will also be database-driven and people will be able to post comments. PhotoHistory for 2002 will also be added.
  • PhotoSpaces, which lists photo galleries and museums in Japan, will also be totally revamped and database-driven. Many more galleries and museums all over Japan will be added. Addresses will be in both English and Japanese.
  • Besides PhotoSpaces, other directory-type sections such as PhotoVendors and PhotoBookstores that consist of contact addresses and phone numbers will be in an online database. If you become a registered user (free), you can select your favorite listings of photo galleries, bookshops, etc., and assemble them on your own customized Web page at PhotoGuide Japan. You can then have quick access to your favorite photo-related businesses.

After that, there will be more online photos of Japan and a major update of PhotoJapanese (Japanese lessons for the photographer) and other outdated sections.

Hope to see you often in 2003!

Camera phone proliferation in 2002

Without a doubt, the proliferation of cell phone cameras (called camera-tsuki keitai denwa) was the year 2002’s top news for photography in Japan. They were everywhere this year. It sort of reminded me of the Print Club boom that swept Japan several years ago.

According to J-Phone, 6 million camera cell phones for their Sha-Mail service have been sold since June 2001 when it was first introduced. (“Sha” is an abbreviation for the word “Shashin” which means photograph.) Total domestic sales of cell phone cameras in fiscal 2002 is expected to exceed 20 million units (compared to 6 million in fiscal 2001). And over half of all cell phones sold had a built-in digital camera.

In fiscal 2003, a whopping 30 million cell phone cameras are expected to be sold in Japan. This is about one-third the number of single-use (or disposable) cameras sold in Japan. I’m sure that the cell phone camera will greatly affect sales of single-use (or disposable) cameras. I bet they will start making cell phone cameras that can be connected directly to a printer to print images. The cell phone may also become an electronic wallet that you can use to pay for train tickets and vending machine soft drinks. Times are sure changing. I mean just a few years ago, the idea of using a cell phone to take pictures was totally unimaginable. What next?

Kodak quits digital and APS camera markets in Japan

On Dec. 15, 2002, Kodak shut down its “Kodak@Shop” online store and stopped selling its APS cameras and consumer digital cameras to the Japanese market. Although its digital camera sales in the US has been doing alright, it could hardly compete in Japan with the features and design found in Japanese-made digital cameras.

It had not introduced any new digital camera models in Japan during the past year.

It will concentrate on the digital print business in Japan instead.

J@pan Inc. magazine, Dec. 2002 issue

The cover shot of the Dec. issue was taken by yours truly. Pictured on the cover is Hideo Sawada, the president of H.I.S. travel agency and Skymark Airlines. H.I.S. is Japan’s second largest travel agency only behind JTB. And the inset is Masahiro Origuchi, CEO of Goodwill Group. Origuchi was the brainchild behind the hugely successful Juliana’s Tokyo disco and now Velfarre in Roppongi. Today, he’s involved in a totally different line of business.

See the cover image at the mag’s Web site:

The shoot was for an interview that the magazine did on these two executives. Sawada was quite bubbly, while Origuchi was more soft-spoken but no less determined. The interview, by Sumie Kawakami, is an interesting read, so please buy the magazine (if not for my unimpressive photos). On sale from Nov. 25.

How to hold an art exhibition in Tokyo

Here is an interesting and informative article giving advice on how to hold an art exhibition in Tokyo. By Tokyo art critic Monty DiPietro (at who even writes, “Forget it!” was the response I got from most of the Tokyo-based artists, and gallery and museum people I queried on how a North American might arrange a Tokyo exhibition.”

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