Nikon Museum holds uniquely themed special exhibitions and events relating to Nikon products and businesses.

Special Exhibition “HIROTA’S F PERIOD”

Dates: January 5, 2018 (Fri) – March 31, 2018 (Sat)

Nikon Museum will hold the Special Exhibition “HIROTA’S F PERIOD” from January 5 to March 31, 2018.

Naotaka Hirota is one of the world’s top railroad photographers, taking attractive railroad photographs that are rich in humanity for over 60 years. He has been acclaimed by “TRAINS” magazine, a railroad magazine in the USA, as well as magazines and books published in Japan.

In this exhibition, we will display over 60 black-and-white photos selected from the photo collection “HIROTA’S F PERIOD”, which was published in 2009 in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of him becoming a photographer. They were taken from between 1961 to around 1970 using a Nikon F SLR camera, and include photos of steam locomotives. In addition, we provide movies using new photos taken by Mr. Hirota, and also display photo equipment, such as Nikon F and NIKKOR lenses, that were used by Mr. Hirota for shooting.

Naotaka Hirota
Naotaka Hirota was born in 1935 in Tokyo, now 82 years old, and is one of the world’s top railroad photographers.
He is called “a god of railroad photography” for his approach to photography and his personality. He has loved railroads since he was 1 year old, and began to take railroad photos from the age of 15. After his graduation from university, he worked at an office, and then started to work as a freelance photographer from 1960.

Exhibitions Over 60 photos
Movies including a special interview
Movies of new photographs
Photo equipment, etc.

Past Events

Fourth (Final) 100th Anniversary Special Exhibition “The World of F-mount NIKKOR”

Dates October 3, 2017 – December 27, 2017
Exhibits Approximately 400 F-mount NIKKOR lenses, a celestial globe with a Fisheye NIKKOR lens, and more

Updating of exhibits and changes to staff uniforms

Dates July 24, 2017
Major changes Hands-on corner
Telephoto lenses and prototypes
Brochure library
The history of Nikon survey instruments
Audio guide service
Staff uniforms

The Third 100th Anniversary Special Exhibition ”A Century of Memories — David Douglas Duncan”

Dates July 4, 2017 – September 30, 2017
Exhibits 24 photographs, interviews, and more
Cooperation Joseph McNally Studio
Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin

The Second 100th Anniversary Special Exhibition “Prototype Cameras — Developers' Memories”

Dates April 4, 2017 – July 1, 2017
Exhibits Approx. 40 prototype cameras

100th Anniversary Special Exhibition “Naomi Uemura — Camera Techniques in Polar Regions”

Dates January 5, 2017 – April 1, 2017
Exhibits Approx. 20 photos and approx. 20 items of equipment
Cooperation Uemura Museum Tokyo, Toyooka-city Uemura Naomi Memorial Museum, Bungeishunju Ltd.

Special exhibition “Hana Utage — Flower Banquet”

Dates October 4, 2016 – December 27, 2016
Exhibits “Petals of the Sun”, “Roses”
Cooperation Shotaro Akiyama Photo Art Museum

Special exhibition “Walk with Yusaku Kamekura”

Dates July 4, 2016 – October 1, 2016
Exhibits Approximately 70 Kamekura-designed items, mainly Nikon materials
Cooperation Yusaku Kamekura Library, Recruit Hodings Co., Ltd. CREATION GALLERY G8, The Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Osaka Prefectural Expo '70 Commemorative Park Office, JCII Camera Museum, and oters

Special exhibition “The beauty of Mt. Fuji, a mountain beloved beyond time — Koyo Okada”

Dates April 1, 2016 – June 30, 2016
  • “SNOW DAY”
Cooperation Koyo Okada Photo Art Museum

Special exhibition “Through the eyes of Ken DOMON”

Dates January 5, 2016 – March 31, 2016
Exhibits From the second collection of A Pilgrimage through Old Temples
“Right Arms of the Thousand-arm Kannon at the Toshodai-ji”
“Left Arms of the Thousand-arm Kannon at the Toshodai-ji”
Cooperation Ken Domon Museum of Photography

Special exhibition “Ihei Kimura — Lass”

Dates October 17, 2015 – December 26, 2015
Exhibits “Lass”