MUSEUM PURPOSE AND ACTIVITIES
- As a museum specializing in all aspects of photography, the museum’s activities include collecting, displaying, preserving, studying, and popularizing photography.
- The museum acts as a center for supporting creativity in exploring the expressive possibilities of photography and recognizing artists with potential.
- To popularize the art and culture of photography, the museum is an open facility offering everyone the opportunity to appreciate and study outstanding photographic works and actively use the museum’s facilities.
- The museum gathers information on photography and conducts research on photography and on visual imaging more broadly.
- While functioning as a center for photography in Japan, the museum also serves as a focal point for international exchanges.
- In addition to workshops and other participatory programs, the museum, as a facility supporting individuals’ creative activities, promotes opportunities for broad-based and international exchanges between photographers and the public.
- The museum’s Image and Technology Gallery* displays historic materials related to visual culture and moving images and offers hands-on opportunities to experience the leading edge in visual expression; the gallery’s aims are to explore a wide range of expressive possibilities and to study the history of the development of visual media.
(“Basic plan for Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography,” August 1991)
* The Image and Technology Gallery is now called the B1F Gallery and is used for moving images exhibitions and other exhibitions.