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About PSJ (The Photographic Society of Japan)

Established with the approval of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1952, the
Photographic Society of Japan is an organization whose objective is to "contribute
to the promotion of international friendship through photography and the
advancement of culture". With a membership comprising both full society
members (individuals) and supporting members (groups), the Photographic
Society of Japan functions as Japan's only comprehensive cultural organization
encompassing all aspects of Japan's photographic world. As of the end of 2008,
full members number 1,651 and include professional and amateur photographers
as well as individuals involved in photography-related fields of science, technology, education, and journalism. Supporting membership comprises 58 corporations and
organizations, including various associations representative of today's photographic
industry, manufacturers, trading firms, photography laboratories, studios,
educational institutions, and the mass media.

 

The basic objectives of PSJ

- To undertake exchange with overseas photographic organizations with the aim of
contributing to the promotion of international friendship through photography and
the advancement of culture.
- To undertake activities on a national scale with the aim of encouraging the
development and advancement of photographic culture.
- To undertake a variety of activities in which a broad section of the general public can participate with the aim of popularizing and promoting photographic culture.