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Hanaya Kanbei: A Photographer and His Age

Nov 19, 2016 - Mar 19, 2017

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Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art

Hanaya Kanbei was a photographer active in Ashiya City, Hyogo prefecture from the pre-war era. Born in Osaka in 1903, he later bought a photography supply shop and co-founded the amateur Ashiya Camera Club in 1930. He and his fellow club members experimented with design techniques already occurring in the West but thought of by many in Japan as too radical at the time. They utilized methods including Dadaist photomontage, photograms, and abstract imagery. Hanaya himself made use of various themes throughout his career, focusing on models, everyday people in action, and natural scenes as subjects. By the end of his life, Hanaya had received multiple artistic awards for his works. Visitors to this exhibition will view a number of extraordinary vintage prints by Hanaya, including those taken before the war, alongside shots taken by Ashiya Camera Club members who lived during the same period.

Hanaya Kanbei Exhibition • Until Mar 19 • Open: 10am–6pm, Fri & Sat during Special Exhibitions until 8pm (last entry 30mins before closing) • Closed: Mondays (open national holidays – incl Mondays – but closed the following day; closed during New Year holidays) • Admission: ¥510 • Access: Hanshin line, Iwaya Stn, 8-min walk
• Tel: 078-262-0901 • artm.pref.hyogo.jp/eng


Nov 19, 2016
Mar 19
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Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art
1-1-1 Wakinohama Kaigandori, Chuo-ku
Kobe, 651-0073
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