Digesting Design

Sony Photography Awards 2009 + Tokyo Copywriters Club Exhibitions

Posted in Exhibitions by Paul on June 8, 2009


I went to my first Tokyo exhibitions this weekend, and I’ve got plenty more to attend to, ready and bookmarked whilst I’m over here for the next few months. First up was the Sony World Photography Awards 2009 held at the Sony Building in Ginza which is in south east central Tokyo. A big dark space with the images being projected onto big screens and smaller information screens displayed the information and background stories of the photographs. Of course there was sponsorship of Sony products just outside the exhibitions, but there was some amazing images created, an example of which you can see in the picture above. This is the best link I could find in English about the exhibition.

I then went onto the ADMT (Advertising Museum Tokyo) which was also nearby to Ginza. There are no street names in Tokyo, everything is mapped through a complicated numbering system, so I am getting lost pretty much everywhere I go, so being nearby made a change. I went to see the Tokyo Copywriters Club exhibition which was an unusual exhibition for the museum apparently, with works solely judged to be exhibited based on the words rather than the images. There was a lot of work on show, with plenty of English advertisements along with the Japanese ones. A really well laid out exhibition and I didn’t know who either of them were, but two creatives were advising on visitor’s work that they brought along and hosting a talk.

The ADMT itself was really good, and a great resource of looking back at the history of Japan’s advertising industry. It was a small museum overall and I particularly loved the time-line wall. Everything from the original GameBoy to the first Apple Mac to traditional print advertisements on display. There was a vast array of other prints, both from the western and eastern industries and I wish some of them were able to be bought in the shop.





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