Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography

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Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography

Coordinates: 35°38′30″N 139°42′48″E / 35.6417°N 139.7132°E / 35.6417; 139.7132

The Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (東京都写真美術館, Tōkyō-to Shashin Bijutsukan?) is an art museum focused on photography. The museum was founded by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, and is located in Meguro-ku, a short walk from Ebisu station in southwest Tokyo. The museum also has a movie theater

The museum nicknames itself "Syabi" (pronounced shabi.)

History and exhibitions


The museum opened in a temporary building in 1990 and moved to its current building in Yebisu Garden Place in 1995. At that time, it was one of the first photography galleries in Japan not to be dedicated to the works of a single photographer. Most of the exhibitions since then have been themed rather than devoted to a single photographer, but exhibitions have been dedicated to such photographers of the past as Berenice Abbott (1990) and Tadahiko Hayashi (1993–94), and also to living photographers including Martin Parr (2007) and Hiromi Tsuchida (2008).

In order to appeal to children as well as adults, the gallery holds exhibitions of anime and video games.

The library of the gallery has a substantial collection of books of photographs.

As of late 2008, the gallery has no printed catalogue or electronic catalogue available externally. However, the book 328 Outstanding Japanese Photographers presents a comment on and a small reproduction of a sample photograph of each of over three hundred photographers represented in the permanent collection of the gallery at the turn of the millennium. Most of the individual exhibitions are accompanied by printed catalogues; as is customary in Japan, most of these lack ISBNs and are not distributed as are regular books, their sales instead being limited to the museum itself.

Photographers whose work is included in the permanent collection include Shihachi Fujimoto, Hisae Imai, Takeji Iwamiya, Akira Komoto, Motoichi Kumagai, Seiji Kurata, Michiko Matsumoto, Aizō Morikawa, Eiichi Moriwaki, Tadayuki Naitoh, Kiyoshi Nishiyama, Yoshino Ōishi, Kōji Satō, Tokihiro Satō, Bukō Shimizu, Mieko Shiomi, Teikō Shiotani, Raghubir Singh, Yutaka Takanashi, Toyoko Tokiwa, and Haruo Tomiyama.

As of 2010, there is no entrance charge for the building or its research facilities, but each exhibition has an entrance charge.

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