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KANTO

“The Eye of the Machine: Camera and Lens”

TOKYO METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHY

by Tomohiro Osaki

Staff Writer

Inspired by advances in technology, photographers in the 1920s and ’30s experimented to find the best use of their new high-tech cameras and lenses.

American photographer Edward Weston (1886-1958), for example, used large-format cameras, which he believed had lenses capable of capturing a detailed accuracy that he admired. As a fan of Leica cameras, renowned Japanese photographer Ihe Kimura (1901-1974) believed that the compact camera was potentially as good as the human eye, and he experimented with its ability to freeze scenes of motion photography. Other featured photographers include Shoji Ueda, Hiroshi Yamazaki, and Bill Brandt; till Nov. 18.

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; (03) 3280-0099; Yebisu Garden Place, 1-13-3 Mita, Meguro-ku, Tokyo; Ebisu Station, JR Yamanote Line. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Thu and Fri till 8 p.m.). ¥500. Closed Mon (except Oct 1), Oct 2. www.syabi.com.