100 Japanese Cameras

UCR ARTSblock has announced an upcoming exhibition of one hundred Japanese cameras spanning nearly a century of innovation. Culled from the vast collection of the David Whitmire Hearst Jr. Foundation, 100 Japanese Cameras is curated by UCR ARTSblock Executive Director Jonathan Green, and will be on view at the California Museum of Photography, part of UCR ARTSblock, from July 19 through October 11, 2014.

A free public reception celebrating the exhibition will be held on Saturday, July 19, 6-9pm.

Minolta Auto Press 1937 1

In the short period of time from the end of the Second World War until the 1970s, Japan’s photographic industry dramatically shifted the world’s camera production centers from Europe and America to Japan. The 100 cameras exhibited here are highlights from 1925 to the present day, organized thematically and chronologically. They document seven phases of the Japanese industry from its prewar small cameras and European copies, to its present-day digital devices. Cameras have been chosen in each section both for their innovative technical significance as well as for their visual presence.

UCR ARTSblock is located at 3824 & 3834 Main Steet, Riverside, CA 92501, and encompasses three venues: the California Museum of Photography, Culver Center of the Arts, and Sweeney Art Gallery. ARTSBlock is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5pm. Admission is $3, and includes entry to all three venues. Galleries are open late 6-9pm and admission is free during First Thursday ArtWalks, which take place on the first Thursday of every month. Film screenings are held on Fridays and Saturdays in the Culver Theater.

3824 & 3834 Main Steet
Riverside, CA 92501

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