Established with the approval of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1952,
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 2021,
full members number 1,500 and include professional and amateur photographers
as well as individuals involved in photography-related fields of science, technology,
education, and journalism. Supporting membership comprises 62 corporations and
organizations, including various associations representative of today's photographic
industry, manufacturers, trading firms, photography laboratories, studios,
educational institutions, and the mass media.