Ken Domon Museum of Photography, Sakata

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The Ken Domon Museum of Photography (土門拳記念館, Domon Ken kinenkan) was opened in 1983 in Sakata, Yamagata (Japan), the birthplace of the photographer Ken Domon.

On the occasion of becoming the first honorary citizen of Sakata in 1974, Domon donated his entire collection of works to the town. This prompted the decision to build a museum in his honour, and it was the first museum dedicated to photography in Japan.

The museum has about 70,000 prints of works by Domon. It also has works by winners of the Domon Ken Award and another prize, the Domon Ken Cultural Award (土門拳文化賞, Domon Ken Bunka-shō)) which is presented by the city in Domon's honour.

The museum building was designed by noted architect Yoshio Taniguchi, and won the 9th Isoya Yoshida Award in 1984.
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  • I discovered Domon Ken photography, in Rome, when just by chance I saw a huge exposition on his life work. So when we went to Japan, we went to Sakata just to see his museum. We spent a whole...  more »
  • Sakata is one of my favorite Japanese cities. I like its peaceful atmosphere, its friendly people, its delicious seafood, its cultural heritage... and especially its few number of tourists...  more »
  • Building was nice in some parts, though a little imposing and seemingly designed without the scenery in mind.
  • 存ji上gezu Domon fist, a prominent photographer, are attracted to the magnificence of the building and the garden of the visited. Beautiful appearance is equally splendid interior. Not to mention the spacious exhibition hall exhibits a stunning picture. Exhibits and photos do not usually see when I visited a special exhibition was nevertheless crafted of shrines and temples and a vigorous, is impressive enough. It is recommended that is less frequent, because it takes about 2000 yen and take a taxi from the train station, go by bus or rental car.
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