To celebrate its 5th anniversary, Tokyo Photo 2013 is moving things to Zojo-ji, one of Tokyo’s grandest temples.

Usually held indoors, Tokyo Photo is going all out this time around (literally) by heading over to the spacious grounds of Shiba Koen, one of the most scenic and peaceful parks in the city. With Tokyo Tower as a backdrop (so close you’re pretty much next to it), this edition may be the most eye-catching and memorable.

Launched in September 2009 as Japan’s first international art fair dedicated to photography, Tokyo Photo has quickly established itself one of the largest cultural events of its kind in Asia. Dubbed as “Part market, part laboratory, part pedagogical workshop and part curatorial platform,” Tokyo Photo has collaborated with leading art institutions of the world, including London’s Tate Modern and the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego to “enrich and energize the cultural landscape of Tokyo through the promotion, understanding and appreciation of the visual arts.”

It’s an opportunity for museum directors, curators and critics from the photography world to mingle with professionals from the creative industries, and this is your chance to not only brush shoulders with with creators, but to be surrounded by unique pieces, and even buy them if you feel your wallet can cope.

Contemporary artist and photographer Nobuyoshi Araki will be displaying his world-renowned pieces, and don’t miss the special exhibitions this year: we are most looking forward to see “Pictures from Moving Cars” (pictured above) from Tate Modern’s Curator of Photography and International Art Simon Baker, a series which was made using the combination of a car’s movement and the camera’s ability to freeze a moment in time.

Tokyo Photo 2013

More information:

When: Sept. 27–Sept. 30, 11:00–19:00

Where: Zojo-ji Temple, Shiba Koen (see map)

How much: ¥1300/ ¥1000 in advance

Image: Joel Meyerowitz, Pictures From “a Moving Car, Stonehenge, England,” 1966
© Joel Meyerowitz

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