Titled "A retrospective on Shimooka Renjo, 100 years after his death," the first-ever large-scale retrospective on early Japanese photographer Shimooka Renjo opened at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and runs through May 6.
Shimooka Renjo (1823-1914) was a pioneer of photography in Japan who worked mostly in Yokohama, yet until recent years few photographs have been positively attributed to him and little information on his life and work has been available in English. This exhibit, which brings together over 250 of his works, including paintings, will be of interest especially to those who collect or curate old Japanese photographs. Renjo had many foreign customers in Yokohama, and it is believed that many of his photographs are as yet unidentified in collections outside of Japan.
The exhibition catalog is published by Kokushokankokai Inc. with a full English translation. More information in English can be found at http://syabi.com/e/contents/exhibition/index-2144.html.
The museum is closed: Monday, or Tuesday when Monday is a national holiday. Admission for Adults ¥700/College Students ¥600/High School and Junior High School Students, and those over 65 ¥500.