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ArchitectureXPhotography: A Light Existing Only Here

ArchitectureXPhotography: A Light Existing Only Here

In a nutshell

This exhibition is an interesting exploration of the relationship between photography and architecture. Buildings have been the subject of photography from its inception, at first because they are static and later because of photography’s ability to document changes in urban environments. Taken mostly from the museum’s collection, the exhibition demonstrates the early history of architectural photography, then groups various types of architecture by photographer, including some famous sites from around the world.

The venue

The Tokyo Photographic Art Museum is a spacious, modern museum, with exhibition space on three floors. The photographs are beautifully arranged and displayed.

Insider tip

This large museum usually has at least two concurrent exhibitions and shows a variety of films. Check the website if you’d like to see ArchitectureXPhotography in conjunction with something else.

English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)

All of the information is in English.


No photos allowed.

The feels

Because there are very few people in the photographs, they don’t necessarily convey much emotion. The exhibition is suited for those who are interested in architecture or in architects like Le Corbusier or Gaudi.


This exhibition has a nice cross section of early to modern photography and includes many types of architecture. The photos of Japanese architecture and the recent photographs of more modern Dutch architecture are especially appealing.

How far out?

From the Ebisu metro station, take exit one, from the JR Station, take the east exit. Follow signs for the Sky Walk and Yebisu Garden Place. The museum is across the street as you exit the Sky Walk.

How much time?

About 30 minutes.

How much money?

¥600 for general admission.

Until when?

January 27, 2019

Rating: make a special trip, see it if you’re in the area or have some free time, see it only if you like this specific type of art

See if you enjoy architecture and/or photography.



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