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Must-See Art and Cultural Hotspots in Japan



The TOKYO PHOTOGRAPHIC ART MUSEUM is one of the few museums in the world dedicated to photography and film. The museum's three exhibition galleries hold about 15 exhibitions each year, including thematic exhibitions of works selected from the museum's collection of more than 37,000 pieces, some of which rare, and special exhibitions that present outstanding works from Japan and abroad from a unique perspective, highlighting the museum's extensive lineup and deep expertise. The first-floor hall screens high-quality visual works that only an artistically oriented museum can offer. The museum also features a library with an extensive collection of photographic and film-related materials from Japan and overseas, as well as a museum shop and a café where visitors can rest and relax.

[A museum that carries the culture of photography and video from the past to the present into the future]
By accurately collecting and preserving valuable works and materials, the museum lays the foundation for the development of future photography and video culture. It also actively promotes culture to children and youth, the bearers of the next generation's culture.

[A museum where you can encounter high-quality photography and video culture]
The museum holds high-quality, satisfying exhibitions based on the effective use of its collection and research resources, while taking into consideration their relevance to society and international trends.

[A museum that supports the spread of photography and film culture and the creation of new works]
Through the experiences it offers, the museum aims to deepen visitors' understanding of the techniques and expressions of photography and film, serving as an inspiring space for new cultural creations.

[A museum that contributes as a hub for photography and film culture]
The museum strives to contribute as a center for photography and film culture, promoting a variety of projects while deepening collaborations with museums and related institutions in Japan and abroad.

[An open museum]
Standing from the visitor's point of view, the museum aims to be an open museum, widely used by people and seeking participation from companies, organizations, and volunteers.

Main works

As a museum specializing in photography and film, the TOKYO PHOTOGRAPHIC ART MUSEUM houses over 37,000 works of national and international importance. Its photography collection systematically traces the historical development of photography from the early daguerreotypes and cyanotypes through to works representing various trends of the 20th century, including American photography, and up to contemporary artists. In addition, the museum is committed to enriching the collection of works by 52 Japanese artists selected as key figures, while also actively acquiring works by emerging artists.

Shoji UEDA (1913-2000) is highly popular for his unique imagery. The backdrop of the Tottori Sand Dunes, where he was born and raised, creates a surreal atmosphere, but the inclusion of his family as models imbues this work with warmth.

Shoji UEDA, Papa, Mama, and the Children, 1949. Tokyo Photographic Art Museum Collection
  • William Benjamin CARPENTER,The Cross Section of a Spine of a Sea Urchin, 1848-1849
  • Ansel ADAMS, Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, 1941
  • Robert DOISNEAU, Baiser de l'Hôtel de Ville, 1950
  • Robert CAPA, Omaha Beach, near Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy coast, June 6, 1944. American troops landing on D-Day.
  • Daido MORIYAMA , Stray Dog, Misawa, 1971
  • Eadweard MUYBRIDGE, "Animal Locomotion," 1887
  • Fantascope Molteni, 1830-1850
  • Toshio IWAI, Time Stratum Ⅱ, 1985