Eiichi Sakurai

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Eiichi Sakurai (桜井栄一, Sakurai Eiichi, 1909–1998) was a renowned Japanese photographer and a mechanical engineer. He graduated from Tokyo University Technology Department with a mechanical engineering degree, and soon after was recruited by Takachiho Works Co., Ltd.(predecessor to Olympus Optical Co., Ltd.) in 1935, as a member of the project team who developed their first camera. In 1937 he designed his first camera, the Olympus Standard, later he became Director and Head of the Camera Development Division of Olympus, and personally invited Yoshihisa Maitani to join Olympus in 1956[1]. In 1974 he retired as senior executive director. He is most remembered for his work as an amateur photographer[2], receiving in 1965 the Distinguished Contributions Award from the Photographic Society of Japan for his long career and contributions to Japanese Photography[3]. He also held a successful exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago[4] (from November 23, 1981 to January 10, 1982) where part of his work is presently preserved.


  1. ^ Joining Olympus (28 December 2008). Maitani-Fan.com. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  2. ^ (in Japanese) Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, editor. 328 Outstanding Japanese Photographers (日本写真家事典, Nihon shashinka jiten). Kyoto: Tankōsha, 2000. ISBN 4-473-01750-8
  3. ^ The Photographic Society of Japan Awards.
  4. ^ Art Institute of Chicago