Camera (Japanese magazine)

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Camera (カメラ, Kamera), or Ars Camera Arsカメラ, Arusu Kamera), was one of the older and longer running of Japanese camera magazines.[1] It was published by the company Ars.[2]

History and profile[edit]

The first issue of Ars Camera is dated April 1921: predating Asahi Camera by five years. With a mixture of photographs, material about cameras, and contests, it set a pattern for mainstream camera magazines that has continued to the present day.[3] It managed to keep publishing despite the Tokyo earthquake of 1923, but from January 1941 was forced to merge with Shashin Salon 写真サロン, Shashin Saron) and Camera Club (カメラ倶楽部, Kamera Kurabu) to form Shashin Bunka (写真文化).

Camera was quick to reemerge after the war, with an issue dated January 1946. For some years it was edited by Kineo Kuwabara. Its last issue was dated August 1956.


  1. ^ Although the covers of most, perhaps all issues are marked "Ars Camera" in roman letters, the Japanese title is simply Kamera (カメラ).
  2. ^ Usually so written even within Japanese, but アルス (Arusu) when in katakana.
  3. ^ Shirayama, "Nihon no shashin/kamera zasshi".


  • (in Japanese) Shirayama Mari (白山眞理). "Nihon no shashin/kamera zasshi" (日本の写真・カメラ雑誌). Nihon shashin-shi gaisetsu (日本写真史概説, "An outline history of photography in Japan"). Tokyo: Iwanami, 1999. ISBN 4-00-008381-3. P. 38.
  • (in Japanese) Shirayama Mari (白山眞理). Shashin zasshi no kiseki (写真雑誌の奇跡, "Traces of camera magazines"). Tokyo: JCII Library, 2001. P. 5.
  • (in English) Shirayama Mari. "Major Photography Magazines". In The History of Japanese Photography, ed. Ann Wilkes Tucker, et al. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003. ISBN 0-300-09925-8. Pp. 378–85. P. 378.

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This article was originally based on "Ars Camera" in Camerapedia, retrieved on 27 November 2007 under the GNU Free Documentation License.