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Activities of the Photographic Society of Japan°°2006
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 2006, full members number 1,483 an increase of 167 over last year°«s membership and include professional and amateur photographers as well as individuals involved in photography-related fields of science, technology, education, and journalism. Supporting membership comprises 53 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 the Photographic Society of Japan are as follows.

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 sponsor a variety of activities in which a broad section of the general public can participate with the aim of popularizing and promoting photographic culture.
 
Everyday administration of the Society is performed by seven subcommittees operating under the Society°«s Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and Executive Committee. The establishment of a general Committee to oversee and coordinate the activities of these various subcommittees has enabled each subcommittee to perform its functions with responsibility, and through this system we are endeavoring to concretely and more effectively pursue the Society°«s broad-ranging activities in accordance with the Society°«s philosophy.
At the Board of Directors meeting held in November 2006, Minoru Ohnishi retired as Chairman, a post he had held since July 1997, and the former president of Fujifilm, Masayuki Muneyuki, was elected to succeed him as the 5th Chairman of the Photographic Society of Japan.
 
Annual General Meeting
Annual General Meeting Fiscal 2006
Date: May 15 (Monday), 2006
Venue: Rooms 601/602 Conference Room, JCII Building

Attendees: 986 (Actual attendees: 55; Letters of proxy: 931)
Agenda: (1) 2005 Photographic Society of Japan Activities Report and Financial Statement
  (2) 2006 Photographic Society of Japan Activities Plan and Budget
Board of Directors Meeting
2nd Board of Directors Meeting Fiscal 2005
Date: March 16 (Thursday), 2006
Venue: Rooms 601/602 Conference Room, JCII Building
Attendees: 53 (Actual attendees: 30; Letters of proxy: 23)
Agenda: (1) 2006 Photographic Society of Japan Activities Plan and Budget
  (2)Admission to and Withdrawal from the Society of Supporting Members
  (3)Items Related to the Private Information Protection Law
1st Board of Directors Meeting Fiscal 2006
Date: May 15 (Monday), 2006
Venue: Rooms 601/602 Conference Room, JCII Building
Attendees: 50 (Actual attendees: 29; Letters of proxy: 21)
Agenda: (1)2005 Photographic Society of Japan Activities Report and Financial Statement
  (2)Approval of Admission to and Withdrawal from Society Membership
:2nd Board of Directors Meeting Fiscal 2006
Date: November 11 (Friday), 2006
Venue: Room 601 Conference Room, JCII Building
Attendees: 55 (Actual attendees: 32; Letters of proxy: 23)
Agenda: (1) Resignation of Chairman Minoru Ohnishi and Appointment of a New Society Chairman
 
1. 2006 Photographic Society of Japan Awards Ceremony and Exhibition of Prize-Winning Works
Photographic Society of Japan Awards recognize outstanding achievements of individuals and groups, both in Japan and overseas, in activities related to photographic culture in Japan; recipients of each award are selected from amongst candidates who published exceptional photographic works or essays in the previous year.
The selection process begins with Society-appointed nominators (knowledgeable persons) and Society members recommending potential candidates to the Screening Committee, which then chooses recipients for each of the awards from amongst these nominees. The 2006 Screening Committee comprised the following six members: (In alphabetical order; titles omitted. Status current as at February 2006)
Ryuichi Kaneko (Photography critic)
Toshiaki Maeda (Editor in Chief, Nippon Camera)
Yasuhiko Miyajima (Photographer)
Kenji Nagatomo (Photographer; President, The Japan Advertising Photographers°« Association)
Eiichiro Sakata (Photographer)
Shiro Shirahata (Photographer)
Award Recipients and Reasons for their Selection (Titles omitted)
International Prize: The EU-Japan Fest Japan Committee, in recognition of their efforts in promoting cultural exchange between Japan and Europe through reciprocal exhibitions, as well as their contribution in introducing Japanese photographic culture overseas by sending young Japanese photographers to countries throughout Europe and publishing their work in the series In-between and other activities.
Distinguished Contributions Award: Shigeichi Nagano, for his unique photographic expression with which he has scrutinized the relationship between cities and people over many years since its first appearance in fresh documentaries examining post-war mass society consciousness from the perspective of social trends.
Distinguished Contributions Award: Masaaki Nishimiya, for his huge achievement in raising the level of commercial photos in Japan and in his efforts towards strengthening the organization of the commercial photo world, social enlightenment through commercial photographs, and training for young people. °°
Cultural Advancement Award: The Shoji Ueda Museum of Photography °Ĺ which has gained attention for their collection and storage over some 10 years of the photographic works of Shoji Ueda, which have been growing in value both in Japan and overseas °Ĺ for their diverse range of exhibition activities and efforts in introducing people of the world to modernism in Japanese photographic culture, touring prominent cities in Europe with their huge retrospective exhibition.
Cultural Advancement Award: The General Photography Festival °»Photo City Sagamihara°… Committee, for their huge and broad-reaching contribution to photographic culture in general that transcends region and country by shining a light on fresh talent over five years, regardless of the photographer°«s professional or amateur status, the steady results of which have also rewarded photographers throughout the Asia region.
Annual Award: Hideaki Uchiyama, for his strikingly innovative photographic expression and perspective over 13 years as author and photographer of the collection JAPAN UNDERGROUND III, in which he challenges the surreal structural space of the unknown, mysterious world underneath sprawling metropolises, presenting too, the fearful possibility that this amazing world reflects the urban future.
Lifetime Achievement Award: Miyako Ishiuchi, for her unique photographic expression achieved through her continuous focus on motifs that question the sanctity of human existence from a perspective that stares intently at the incongruous atmosphere hidden in cityscapes through expressions that read the evidence of life in parts of the flesh.
Scholastic Award: Teruo Okai, for his critical essay Ken Domon°«s Battle that closes up on and scrutinizes the essential duality of Domon°«s expression of social realism and authentic antique photographic themes exemplified by his °»Pilgrimage to Old Temples.°… Okai, while shedding vivid light on the keen awareness of °»time,°… carefully examines the durability of a people°«s spiritual culture.
Newcomer°«s Award: Masako Oguri, for her powerful works in the collection Sunflowers for 100 Years that straightforwardly depict the day-to-day lives of a brother and sister living amongst the pain of sickness and poverty, and that by looking straight at life and death, questions the problematic nature of the position of the weak in modern society.
Newcomer°«s Award: Koji Onaka, for the richness of his perspective on nostalgic visual scenery that has virtually vanished from modern society demonstrated in his unique sense of scene in his debut collection Tall Goldenrods. The disconsolate emotional aspect in his recent European works is also well-colored.
Newcomer°«s Award: Kensuke Kazama, for his strong, fresh expression and perspective that overturns °»common stereotypes°… in his photographic collection Yubari, in which he depicts the remains of the Yubari coal mine and its surroundings as °»a primal scene for Japanese people°… instead of the dark image and the story of growth and decay that are associated with the town.
The 2006 Photographic Society of Japan Awards Ceremony was held on June 1st, the Annual Day of Photography, in the Phoenix Room of the Sasakawa Hall, Tokyo. Standing in for Chairman Minoru Ohnishi, who was unable to attend, Vice-Chairman Takeshi Ozawa gave the welcoming address, after which slides of the winning works were shown and the reasons they were chosen explained. Vice-Chairmen Takeshi Ozawa, and Takeyoshi Tanuma then presented each award recipient individually with certificates and commemorative gifts, following which the recipients briefly addressed the audience.
Following the 2006 Photographic Society of Japan Awards Ceremony, the celebrations moved to the Kiku Restaurant within the Sasakawa Hall for the Month of Photography, Tokyo 2006 Reception. With Society member Kenji Sakayori acting as emcee, Photographic Society of Japan Vice Chairman Takeyoshi Tanuma addressed the gathering as representative of the organizers. Mr. Masaki Okada, Director-General for Public Diplomacy Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan then spoke, after which two guests from Vietnam, photographers Messrs. Hoai Linh and Ba Han, were introduced and Mr. Linh addressed the gathering. The toast was then given by the mayor of Higashikawa, Hokkaido, Mr. Ichiro Matsuoka. The event brought together approximately 240 participants, including Society members and representatives of all areas of the photographic world, enabling all to nurture blossoms of international exchange and deepen friendships. Following relaxed conversation, the reception concluded with words of thanks from the Chairman of the Month of Photography, Tokyo 2006 Organizing Committee and Photographic Society of Japan Director Yutaka Ohira.
An exhibition of Photographic Society of Japan Award-winning works of 2006 was held, as in previous years, at the Fuji Photo Salon in Ginza, Tokyo, from June 2nd to 8th. In addition to the award-winning works, the exhibition included materials related to the achievements of each of the award recipients.
 
2. The Month of Photography, Tokyo 2006; the Month of Photography, Osaka 2006; and the Month of Photography, Nagoya 2006
The Month of Photography, Tokyo is an event held to coincide with the Annual Day
of Photography on June 1st. With the Month of Photography, Tokyo being held for the 11th time, the Month of Photography, Osaka for the 5th time, and the Month of Photography, Nagoya for the 4th time in 2006, this event plays a significant role in the popularization and promotion of photographic culture.
The Month of Photography, Tokyo 2006
The Month of Photography, Tokyo 2006 was organized jointly by the Photographic Society of Japan and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, with the generous sponsorship of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Agency for Cultural Affairs, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, and the Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in Japan, as well as the kind support of 25 other businesses and organizations, as well as that of the Photo Gallery Liaison Committee and special cooperation of Vietnam Airlines; financial support was furnished by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Japan Arts Fund.
Month of Photography events in 2006 included the domestic photographic exhibition series °»Regional Communities and Photographic Culture°…; the international exhibition °»Photographers in Asia 2006: Vietnam°…; °»The 1,000 Photographers°« Show: My Best Shot°…, °»The Memorial Contest of Annual Day of Photography, 2006 Awards Exhibition°…; the °»Photographic Society of Japan Awards Exhibition of Prize-Winning Works°…; and the Photographic Society of Japan Awards Ceremony and Month of Photography, Tokyo 2006 Reception.
The domestic photographic exhibition series °»Regional Communities and Photographic Culture°… involved photographic festivals held in regional communities throughout Japan°ĹSakata City in Yamagata Prefecture, Sagamihara City in Kanagawa Prefecture, and Shunan City in Yamaguchi Prefecture. Under this theme, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum presented the °»The Town of Higashikawa : Overseas Photographers Collection°… held on the island of Honshu for the first time.
°»Exhibition of the Works of Winners of the Sakata City Ken Domon Culture Award°… was also held as part of the same series at the Shinjuku Nikon Salon. °»Exhibition of the Works of Winners in the Amateur Division of Photo City Sagamihara°… was held at the Shinjuku Nikon Salon bis 21, and °»Exhibition of the Works of Winners of the Shunan City Tadahiko Hayashi Prize°… was held at the Pentax Forum. These exhibitions brought together and presented the various characteristics of excellent works by highly skilled amateur photographers and were all well-received.
°»Photographers in Asia°… is an international exhibition program held with the purpose of deepening exchange with photographers from Asian countries with which Japan usually has little contact. °»Photographers in Asia 2006: Vietnam°… featured the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and Vietnamese two photographers, Messrs. Hoai Linh and Ba Han, were invited to Japan for the exhibition. The works of 23 Vietnamese photographers in all introducing the lives and culture of the people of Vietnam today, a country that has risen magnificently out of the ashes of war, were exhibited in galleries throughout Tokyo. °»Hanoi Emotion°… (Hoai Linh) was shown at the Konica Minolta Plaza; °»Image and Shadow of Nha Trang°… (Do Dien Khanh) was shown at the Canon Gallery Ginza; °»Scenes of the Ancient Capital, Hue: Photographers of Hue°… (group exhibition) was held at the Portrait Gallery; °»Childhood°… (Ba Han) was held at the Olympus Gallery; and °»Hai au Lady°«s Photographers°… was held at the Aidem Photo Gallery Sirius.
°»The 1,000 Photographers°« Show: My Best Shot°…, was held this year from May 26th to 29th at the Shinjuku Park Tower Atrium. Since photographic collages and mobile telephone photographs could also be entered in the exhibition, this year the number of entries increased dramatically and, as in previous years, the event was a resounding success.
°»The Memorial Contest of Annual Day of Photography, 2006 Awards Exhibition°… was held for the second time this year, and with an increase in the number of entries overall and particularly from men, the event is steadily becoming established. Awarding-winning works were displayed at the Shinjuku Park Tower Atrium from May 31st to June 8th, and the awards ceremony was held on June 3rd. Outstanding works from this exhibition were later shown in Fukushima, Nagano, and Osaka, a tour that was extremely effective in enhancing photographic exchange between Tokyo metropolis and regional cities and prefectures.
The Month of Photography, Osaka 2006
Now in its 5th year, the Month of Photography, Osaka has become firmly established in the Kansai region. Held from late May to early June, the festival was organized predominantly by the Executive Committee of the Month of Photography, Osaka and co-sponsored by the Photographic Society of Japan with the support and cooperation of the Osaka Prefectural and Metropolitan governments and three photography-related schools and two businesses. Partly because of the expanded area of the events, the number of visitors and participants increased 1.5 times over the previous year, and the festival was a resounding success.
The 5th Year Anniversary Lecture °»Photographer Daido Moriyama: Lecture°… was held at the Visual Arts College in Umeda, Osaka, on May 19. In the second half of the program, a discussion featuring superb exchanges between Mr. Moriyama and Mr. Shunji Dodo (photographer and Principal of the Visual Arts College) thoroughly entertained the youthful audience that overflowed the 300 person capacity auditorium.
With a 10% increase in the number of participants, the °»3.3≠÷ for 150 Photographers°… exhibition was held in six galleries: Osaka Nikon Salon, Canon Gallery Umeda, Fuji Photo Salon Osaka, Visual Arts Gallery, Gallery Sen Space, and Pilsen Gallery. The exhibition presented works bursting with abundant individuality within the limited space of 3.3≠÷ by both veteran photographers and students.
Held at Gallery Sen Space, °»The 1,000 Photographers°« Show: My Best Shot°… Exhibition featured many works depicting familiar and humorous scenes and participants ranged in age from children to adults, with a large number of housewives taking part this year.
The °»3.3≠÷ for High Schoolers°« Photographic Exhibition°… was held at the Naniwa Photo Gallery, and like in the previous year, was a contest. The exhibition features many skillful works, including that of the winner of the newly established Mayor of Osaka Prize, as well as of the recipients of the Month of Photography, Osaka Encouragement Award; the Governor of Osaka Prize; and the School Prize.
Photographic classes for elementary school children on the theme °»Parents and Children Trying their Hands at Digital Cameras Together°… was held at the Visual Arts College. The class °»textbook°… used was a booklet compiled and donated by the Photographic Society of Japan, °»Photos are Fun!°…
The Month of Photography, Nagoya 2006
The Month of Photography, Nagoya was again organized predominantly by Photo Partner Aichi and the annual feature of the festival, the °»Gallery Stamp Rally,°… was also held. In this popular event, people attending exhibitions at seven or more of the eleven participating galleries (including exhibitions at two newly added pay-to-enter galleries °»American Photographer Series °Ĺ Pioneers of Modern Photography°… at the Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts; and °»Aichi Mandala °Ĺ Early Works of Tomatsu Shomei°… at the Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art °Ĺ over the Month of Photography are registered for a deluxe prize drawing. With 856 participants °Ĺ almost double the number for last year°«s event °Ĺ the 2006 rally was a huge success.
 
3. Celebration for Recipients of Decorations, Medals, and Photographic Awards and
Party for Members of the Photographic Society of Japan
The Photographic Society of Japan hosts a special end-of-year dinner to honor
recipients of decorations and medals for services to the photographic world in Japan (presented the previous spring and autumn), as well as of other official arts and culture awards in Japan and overseas, and of Photographic Society of Japan Awards and various other photographic awards.
The 2006 Celebration Dinner for Award Recipients was held on December 15th (Fri.) at the Dai-ichi Hotel in Shimbashi, Tokyo. The event was attended by the following invited prize-winners (titles omitted).
Decoration and Medal Recipients for 2006
Spring Awards
The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette: Ikko Narahara (Photographer)
The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays: Akira Tateishi (Photographer)
Medal with Blue Ribbon: Saburo Kusama (Chairman & CEO, Seiko Epson Corporation).
Autumn Awards
Medal with Yellow Ribbon: Seiichiro Murata (Representative, Murata Photography Studio)
Medal with Blue Ribbon: Masaki Sumi (Director, Photo Dealers Association of Osaka)
International Awards 2006
Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit (The Federal Republic of Germany): Masatoshi Kishimoto (Special Advisor, Olympus Corporation)
Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit (The Federal Republic of Germany): Shigetaka Komori (President and CEO, FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation)
Sahametrai Kingdom Decoration (Kingdom of Cambodia): BAKU Saito (Photographer)
Century Award (United States); Lucie Award Visionary Award (Los Angeles, United States): Eikoh Hosoe (Photographer)
Lennart Nilsson Award (Sweden): Satoshi Kuribayashi (Photographer)
Photographic Culture Awards 2006
Mecenat Award 2006 (Association for Corporation of the Arts, Japan) Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc.
Photographic Award Recipients 2006
Photographic Society of Japan Awards for 2006 were presented to eight individuals and three organizations (awardees are listed in Section [1]).
Photography Award of the Kodansha Publication Culture Award (sponsored by Kodansha Ltd.): Etsuko Enami
Ihei Kimura Award (sponsored by Asahi Shimbun): Ryudai Takano
Nobuo Ina Award (sponsored by Nikon Corporation): Chihiro Minato
Ken Domon Award (sponsored by Mainichi Shimbun): Hideaki Uchiyama
Higashikawa Prizes (sponsored by the town of Higashikawa, Hokkaido)
Overseas Artist Prize: Ketaki Sheth
Japanese Artist Prize: Risaku Suzuki
Newcomer°«s Prize: Emi Anrakuji
Commendation Prize: Osamu Wataya
Tadahiko Hayashi Prize (sponsored by the Shunan City Culture Promotion Foundation): Hiroko Tanaka
Photo City Sagamihara Awards (sponsored by the city of Sagamihara, Kanagawa):
Sagamihara Photo Award: Shisei Kuwabara
Asia Award: Surat Osathanugrah
Newcomer Award: Naoki Ishikawa; Hitoshi Uemoto
Shihachi Fujimoto Photographic Culture Prize (sponsored by Iida City): Kazuyoshi Nomachi
At the Celebration for Award Recipients, the recipients of decorations, medals, and government awards were introduced following congratulatory remarks by Photographic Society of Japan new Chairman Masayuki Muneyuki, and each award winner spoke a few words in response. The recipients of photographic awards were then introduced.
Following the celebration for award recipients, the venue shifted to another room at the hotel for the annual end-of-year party for Photographic Society of Japan members. The party began with Society Director Momoki Yamaguchi acting as emcee and Vice-Chairman Takeyoshi Tanuma making the toast, followed by pleasant conversation among the participants. Partway through the evening new Full and Supporting members who joined the Society during 2006 were introduced and welcomed with warm applause. Party participants enjoyed the opportunity provided for enriching friendships and exchanging information and a meaningful time was had by all. Vice-Chairman Takeshi Ozawa made the closing remarks, bringing both the party and the year°«s activities to a close.
4.Periodical Publications
Periodical publications of the Photographic Society of Japan include this volume, the Japan Photo Almanac, as well as the Journal of the Photographic Society of Japan. Planning, editing, and production are performed by the Society°«s Editorial Committee.
Published to coincide with the Day of Photography on June 1st each year, the Japan Photo Almanac not only reports on events and developments in Japanese photographic culture during the previous year, but also provides information about photography-related groups, organizations and facilities such as art galleries, information on new products, and photographic industry news. The Almanac was first issued in 1958, making this edition the 50th. It is the only resource continuously providing a summary of photographic culture activities in Japan over so many years. As such, it is a resource widely used not only in photography-related industries in Japan, but also by government agencies, media organizations, and educational institutions and is well-received in various circles.
The Journal of the Photographic Society of Japan is a quarterly publication issued in February, May, August, and November. Articles in each issue introduce timely news of the Society°«s activities and future plans, as well as a diversity of information relating to photographic culture. During 2006, volumes 424 to 427 were published.
In addition, a photographic catalogue summarizing the events of the Month of Photography, Tokyo is produced every year to coincide with this event. The 2006 catalogue includes introductory greetings from Shintaro Ishihara, Governor of Tokyo; Masaki Okada, Director-General for Public Diplomacy Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Minoru Ohnishi, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Month of Photography, Tokyo and of the Photographic Society of Japan; Yoshiharu Fukuhara, Director of the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; and His Excellency Mr. Chu Tuan Cap, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in Japan. The 2006 edition also features introductions and commentaries on representative works in the domestic exhibition °»Regional Communities and Photographic Culture°…; the international exhibition °»Photographers in Asia 2006: Vietnam°…; a report on °»The Memorial Contest of Annual Day of Photography, 2006 Awards Exhibition°… and introduction of award-winning works; a report on °»The 1,000 Photographers°« Show: My Best Shot°…; and introductions of awardees and their works featured in the °»Photographic Society of Japan Awards Exhibition of Prize-Winning Works°…. In this way, the catalogue provides a comprehensive record of the Month of Photography, Tokyo 2006.
5. International Exchange through Photography
Exchange with the Arab Republic of Egypt
Since 2003, His Excellency Mr. Hisham Badr, the Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Japan, has been expressing a desire for cultural exchange between Japan and Egypt through photography. Thus after much consideration by the Photographic Society of Japan International Exchange Committee, a photographic tour of Egypt was realized in 2006 and a photographic exhibition of the works from this tour was held.
Arranged with the special cooperation of the Egyptian Ministries of Tourism and Culture, the Egypt Photography Tour took place from February 22 to March 1, was joined by 20 participants, and was accompanied by the Minister Plenipotentiary of the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Japan, Salah A. El-Sadek. On February 23, the tour participants attended an exchange party held at a museum in Cairo that was also attended by some 20 Egyptian photographers and Ministries of Tourism and Culture staff. Works of the Egyptian photographers were shown in a slide presentation, following which the Egyptian and Japanese participants got to know each other and enjoyed some pleasant conversation.
The photographic works of tour participants were displayed from June 8 to 14, 2006 at the Aidem Photo Gallery Sirius in an exhibition entitled °»Sabah El-khair! Egypt.°… At the opening party, Ambassador Badr and Minister El-Sadek both spoke, and cultural exchange through the photographs of both countries was thoroughly enjoyed by all. The exhibition ended in great success, and the exhibited photographs are to be donated to the Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt.
Exchange Events Held in Conjunction with the Month of Photography, Tokyo
°¶Japanese Culture Festival Invited guest: Etsuko Enami, photographer (°»Owara Dance in Bon Festival of Wind°…) Date: April 11-24, 2006 Venue: The Central House of Artists, Moscow Organizers: International Confederation of Artists°« Unions, Russia (President: Mr.Masut Fatkulin, a participant in °»Photographers in Asia 2005: Uzbekistan°…)
°¶ Bangladeshi Photographic Exhibition: °»Through the Lenses°… An exhibition of the works of 11 Bangladeshi photographers depicting the transformation of Bangladesh°«s nature and the culture and lifestyles of people from the 1920s until the present. Date: October 26 to November 8, 2006 Venue: Aidem Photo Gallery Sirius (Shinjuku) Organizer: Drik Japan (Japanese Branch of the Bangladeshi photographic association Drik)
°¶An article introducing the Month of Photography, Tokyo 2006 was published in the Vietnamese general information magazine Tuoitre (May 28, 2006 issue) under the title °»Vietnam Introduced to the Land of the Cherry Blossom (Japan)°… about the holding of the °»Photographers in Asia 2006: Vietnam°… as part of the Month of Photography, Tokyo 2006. Many Vietnamese people learned about the exhibition through this widely read magazine.
6. Establishment of Photography and Film Classes for Children
The spread of photography to all people in society is an important theme for the world of photography, and children in particular are the future leaders of photographic culture. In light of the importance of nurturing children with excellent photographic skills and imaging skills for the media society of the future, the Photographic Society of Japan°«s Photographic/Imaging Promotion Committee compiled a booklet entitled
°»Photos are Fun!°… (A5 size; color; 32 pages) to encourage and assist children become familiar with and experience the enjoyment and fascination of photography and imaging. The booklet was published on March 20
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Photography/imaging classes utilizing this booklet were started at the end of March 2006 and by the end of December 1,524 children has participated in classes in 23 locations.
All of the photographic classes were greeted with enthusiasm, but the °»Introduction to Shooting, Developing, and Printing with Black-and-White Film°… course was especially popular, with participants making such comments as, °»I got to do something I usually can°«t do,°… °»Seeing the film develop was one moment of surprise and wonder after the next,°… °»I°«ve become interested in photography,°… and °»I want to learn more about photography.°….
7. Support for the Abilympics
Continuing on from last year, the Photographic Society of Japan was again approached for cooperation by the Japament of the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities, and the Society provided support in the setting of event detn Organization for Employails, tasks, and organization for the 29th National Abilympics that were held in Kagawa Prefecture from October 27th to 29th, 2006.
8. Agency for Cultural Affairs Scholarships and Overseas Exchange Student Awards
Each year, the Agency for Cultural Affairs provides scholarships for a select group of Japanese trainees wishing to study overseas and overseas trainees wishing to study in Japan. As part of its international activities, the Photographic Society of Japan acts as application and nomination window for candidate trainees in the photography field for Agency for Cultural Affairs scholarships in the Fine Arts category.
One candidate, Kanako Sasaki (Miyagi Prefecture), was selected for the 2006 overseas trainee dispatch. Ms. Sasaki studies at the Royal College of Art in London for one year. Ms. Sasaki studies the efficacy of fashion and allegory in photographs and, examining the various elements of fashion in a consumer society (campaigns, advertising, image making, etc.), research forms of social and political communication. There were no overseas applicants selected for study in Japan in 2006.
9. Exhibition Sponsorship
The Photographic Society of Japan sponsors photographic exhibitions that are held under the auspices of government, academic, mass media, and photography-related organizations and that contribute to the promotion of culture, education, and international exchange. In 2006, the Society sponsored the many outstanding exhibitions and events listed below.
°¶ °»Photo Imaging Expo 2006°… March 23rd to 26th; Tokyo Big Sight
°¶ °»Photo City Sagamihara 2006°… Various locations throughout Sagamihara; Shinjuku Nikon Salon
°¶ °»19th A Roadside Scene: Photo Contest°…
°¶ °»World Press Photo 2006°… June 17th to July 30th; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and other venues .
°¶ °»Photo Festa Osaka 2006°… July 13th and 14th; Grand Cube Osaka (Osaka International Convention Center)
°¶ °»Things as They Are: World Press Photo 50th Anniversary°… July 22nd to September 10th; 3rd Floor Exhibition Gallery, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
°¶ °»22nd Higashikawa International Photographic Festival: Photo Fiesta 2006°… July 25th to August 27th; Higashikawa, Hokkaido
°¶ °»Wonder Eyes Project in Asahi 2006: °∆Wonder Eyes°« through the Eyes of the Children of Yokohama and the World°… August 22nd to 27th; Sun Heart - Culture Center of Asahi-ku, Yokohama
°¶ Government-Managed Park System 30th Anniversary °»Government-Managed Park Photo Contest°… September 1st to 15th (call for entries) October 27th; Hibiya Public Hall (exhibition) and other venues
°¶ °»Japan!? Through Diplomats°« Eyes°… October 26th to November 7th; Ginza Mikimoto 6F Mikimoto Hall November 17th to 29th; Nagoya Central Gallery December 15th to 24th; Umeda Sky Building Sky Gallery
°¶ Bangladeshi Photographic Exhibition: °»Through the Lenses°… October 26th to November 8th; Aidem Photo Gallery Sirius
°¶ 29th National Abilympics October 27th to 29th; Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture
°¶ °»Africa Photographic Exhibit: A Day in the Life of Africa°… November 17th to 26th; Okayama Digital Museum °¶ °»3rd DAYS JAPAN International Photojournalism Awards°…
°¶ °»22nd All-Japan Sight-Impaired Photographic Exhibition°… December 7th to 12th; Shinjuku Monolith Building

 
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