The most powerful camera manufacturers in the world seem to be congregated in certain spots. For the most part, Germany and Japan control most of the cameras sold around the world, and the history behind this concentration of camera tech is a very interesting one.
When speaking about Japan specifically, you can see how the culture of the country was affected and then how they nurtured that environment that allowed the technology to flourish.
Beyond just that history, they talk in detail about the history of the autofocus camera, and hint towards a few trends in modern society that are very interesting. Our urge to document our lives and find meaning in small moments using Photo Haikus and our draw to authentic film and wet plate photography even in the times of incredibly easy access to great photography tools.
While the shooting style and quality of this piece aren’t top notch, the content is very interesting and gives you a slice of the interesting history regarding the Japanese and their beloved cameras.
Japanology Plus – Cameras
How Japan Became the Heavyweight of the Camera Industry
The episode is from the show Japanology by NHK World, Japan’s international broadcasting service. They brought in Japanese photographer and photography writer Chotoku Tanaka to discuss his country’s picture-making industry.
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