Geneses of Photography in Japan: Hakodate

Mar 02, 2022 at 10:00am ~ May 08, 2022 at 6:00pm

The Tokyo Photographic Art Museum will hold Geneses of in Japan: Hakodate, the second installment of a series of exhibitions that reconstructs the late Edo period through the Meiji period of Japan’s history based on early photographs taken in the birthplaces of photography in Japan. These places have had a long relationship with photography, and therefore, a vast number of photographs have been accumulated. This exhibition series will pay particular attention to early photographs and attempt to reconstruct an outline of Japan’s transition from the modern to the contemporary era through this wealth of photographs and materials.

The Edo period ended about 150 years ago as Japan shifted toward becoming a modern, westernized nation. During the Edo period, Hakodate was under the direct control of the Tokugawa Shogunate while still influenced by Ainu culture. After the Russians introduced photographic techniques to Hakodate, photographic culture flourished as people began capturing images of the city. Following the Battle of Hakodate, Japanese photographers such as Tamoto Kenzo, Takebayashi Seiichi, and Sakuma Hanzo photographed Hakodate as the city and its people modernized and adopted Western-style customs. In 1872 (Meiji 5), Yokohama-based photographer Raimund Freiherr von Stillfried was invited by the Hokkaido Development Commissioner to Hakodate, where he instructed Japanese photographers and photographed the city. That same year, Ainu people who visited Tokyo to learn agriculture were photographed by Asakusa-based photographer Uchida Kuichi.
This exhibition is an attempt to reconstruct Hakodate during the late Edo period through the Meiji period from a fresh approach based on early photographs and related materials.

*The schedule is subject to change. Any further changes will be announced.

  • Closed Mondays (except when Monday falls on a holiday, in which case the museum is open and closed the following day)
  • Admission:TBC



Start: Mar 2nd 2022 at 10:00am

End: May 8th 2022 at 6:00pm