Have you heard about the famous Ken Domon? He was a leading and popular photographer during the postwar in Japan. Born in Sakata City, Yamagata Prefecture in 1909, this photographer is one of Japan's well known when in comes in "news photography".
In 1983, Ken Domon Museum of Photography was opened. It was the first photography museum in Japan and the only photography museum in the world that is devoted on only one photographer.
Ken Domon's entire collection of photographic works was to present his hometown, Sakata City. The museum was completed in 1983 in Iimoriyama park that was designed by Mr. Yoshio Taniguchi, known for his re-design of the New York Museum of Modern Art.
The museum houses 70,000 pieces of his photographic works that includes his lifeworks, social issues, his insights of Japanese life in the postwar years.
Other things in the museum were donated by a friend of Ken Domon like the plaque infront of the museum, poster and ticket design by Mr. Yusaku Kamekura, a graphic designer; sculpture and benches in the courtyard by Mr. Isamu Noguchi, a sculptor; and the garden with object by Mr. Hiroshi Teshigawara.
Take a bus from the Sakata-eki Daigaku Line and get off at the Domon-Kinenkan Bus stop. From there, the bus is just a short walk away.
The museum opens at 9:00 to 17:00 and admission until 30 minutes before closing.
It is clodes during Mondays, year-end and New Year's holidays.
Admission fee is 430 Yen for adults, 210 Yen for students and 100 Yen for children.
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