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Learn about photography

by Florian Turgeon

Staff Writer

We live in a digital age that has made photography evermore accessible to everyone. The knowledge and skills that once made it a specialist industry are now, to a certain extent, replaced by automated digital means — it only takes the click of a button. Some say digital will never replace analog, but others revel in its ability to even the playing field.

The launch of the Hillside Terrace Photo Fair at the Hillside complex of Daikanyama in Tokyo aims to remind the public of the versatility of photography. With 18 galleries and nine renowned booksellers and publishers participating, it offers and overview of some of Japan’s best photography from a contemporary viewpoint. Visitors can familiarize themselves with the works of famous artists, while also seeing the quality of top printing and photo books.

For those who want to learn more, visitors are invited to nearby venues to listen to panel discussions with artists and curators on the history of Japanese photography, while workshops on different printing processes led by photo labs such as Shashinkosha will be available.

Photography books from prestigious publishers such as Steidl and Mack, who are well known for the quality of their publications, can also be viewed and bought from a popup store.

Hillside Terrace Photo Fair takes place at Hillside Terrace, Daikanyama, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Sept. 4 to 6, and till 5 p.m. on Sept. 7. Admission fee is ¥1,500 and ¥1,000 for students. For more information, visit hillsideterracephotofair.com.