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The Month of Photography - Tokyo 2020

The Month of Photography Tokyo observed its 25th anniversary in 2020. Cosponsored by PSJ and Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, supported by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Environment, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Embassy of the People's Republic of China, and with the supports of numerous corporations, organizations, individuals, various events and projects listed below were scheduled in May and June. Although many of those were either postponed or canceled due to the effect of world-widely spread new coronavirus, the selection of photographers for the Photography Day exhibition 2020, and the publication of the catalogue were Implemented.


[Implemented Projects]

- The Photography Day exhibition 2020
Out of 2,186 entries by 910 applicants, total of 202 winning images were selected by the selection committee, SATO Michiko, and SUZUKI Kazuo. Awards such as Minister of Foreign Affairs Award, Minister of the Environment Award, Award of Excellence, and Co-sponsor Award were presented to winners.

Those winning photographs were scheduled to be exhibited at the following venues, but canceled due to the prevention for the spread of new coronavirus infection; Mitsumura Graphic Gallery (Osaki, Tokyo), Higashikawa Bunka Gallery (Higashikawa - the Town of Phogoraphy, Hokkaido), Komorokougen Museum, Fuji Photo Gallery Niigata, Wakita Gallery Nagoya, Fujifilm Photo Salon Osaka, Fukushima Telsa, and others.

- Publication of Catalogue
The catalogue to summarize °»The Month of Photography 2020°… was created and published. The catalogues were distributed gratis to related organizations including foreign embassies, museums, galleries, and governmental departments. Those were sold to photographic enthusiasts for 1,500 JPY per copy as well.


[Postponed Project]

- Series of exhibition in Japan - °»Transforming Photography in 2020 - Photographic Expressions taken by Young Generations°…
Following exhibitions were scheduled, but postponed to 2021 due to the prevention for the spread of new coronavirus infection.

- °»NIGHTSCAPES MARUNOUCHI°…, IIDA Masahide - epSITE Epson Imaging Gallery, May 22 - June 4
- °»Distance 2016 - 2020°…, MITSUHASHI Yashuhiro - epSITE Epson Imaging Gallery, May 22 - June 4
- °»People Draw Future - Heart of Serbia°…, KANO Takafumi - Nikon Plaza Tokyo, May 26 - June 1
- °»moving still life°…, YAMASHITA Akinobu - Nikon Plaza Tokyo, May 26 - June 1
- °»DEAR EMOTION°…, KAGEYAMA Ayano - LUMIX GINZA TOKYO, May 26 - June 10
- °»chihirobo x collage super°…, CHIHIROBO - Canon Open Gallery, May 26 - June 22
- °»Equalized Rooms°…, CHEN Yuxin - Olympus Gallery, May 29 - June 3
- °»I Like Flying Squirrels°…, SAITO Kodai - Olympus Gallery, May 29 - June 3
- °»New Nature°…, KOIKE Yuya - Pictorico Shop & Gallery, June 3 - 14

- International Exhibition - °»Photographers in Asia 2020 - Jiangsu, China°…
An exhibition °»Photographers in Asia°… was founded in 2004 in purpose of cultural exchange with the Asian countries with photographic cultures which hardly to be covered in Japan. This exhibition has contributed to the mutual understanding of Japan and respective countries by introducing noted places, historic sites, traditional cultures, and people°«s life through the photographs taken by each country°«s photographers. Since its foundation, fifteen countries were introduced. From the new perspective, we re-examined closer neighboring countries in Asia , and picked the Jiangsu province of the People°«s Republic of China as the subject for °»Photographers in Asia 2020°…. Exhibitions were scheduled at the following venues, but postponed to 2021 due to the prevention for the spread of new coronavirus infection.

- Nikon Plaza Tokyo - Gallery 1, May 26 - June 1
- LUMIX GINZA TOKYO, May 26 - June 10
- Canon Open Gallery 1, May 26 - June 22
- Sony Imaging Gallery, May 29 - June 4
- Place M, June 1 - 7
- Pictorico Shop & Gallery, June 3 - 14

- PSJ Award-winning Works Exhibition - Fujifilm Photo Salon (Roppongi, Tokyo), May 29 - June 4
The exhibition was postponed due to the prevention for the spread of new coronavirus infection.


[Canceled Projects]

- °»1000 Photographers°« Exhibition < My best shot >°… - Hiltopia Art Square, June 18 - 22
An exhibition was planned which anyone can participate in the exhibition by purchasing a panel which was to be sold by PSJ (1,000 JPY a sheet). The exhibition was canceled due to the prevention for the spread of new coronavirus infection.


- Photography Day; Reception
A reception including PSJ Award recipients ceremony, The Month of Photography 2020 opening ceremony, and decorations and medals recipients celebration, was scheduled to hold at the Sasagawa Hall on June 1. The reception was canceled due to the prevention for the spread of new coronavirus infection.

 
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