Photography Studio

Shinjo Ito was a passionate photographer whose talent evolved from the 1920’s following studies under Toragoro Ariga, a well known and respected portraitist who had himself worked for Ernst Sandau in Germany.

Shinjo Ito could have pursued a profession in photography when in 1934 he won first prize for a print entitled: “Afternoon in a Rural Village” in a contest sponsored by the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper. In January 1935 Shinjo Ito’s “Light in the Morning” also received an exhibition prize, and “Light” was published in the Gendai monthly journal in 1935 accompanying a poem of the same name written by the revered literary figure of the time, Saisei Muro.

However, after Shinjo Ito came across the medieval Achalanatha sculpture in December 1935 his life would take a dramatic new direction. In 1936, Shinjo Ito entered into formal Buddhist training at the Daigoji Monastery and such would eventual lead to Shinjo Ito’s founding of Shinnyo Buddhism.

Shinjo Ito maintained a passion for photography throughout his life and could often be seen with a camera during his travels. In 1995, Shinnyo-en opened the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts (K’MoPA) in Yamanashi prefecture in Japan, with the photographer Eiko Hosoe as director. The museum is committed to supporting young photographers, keeping Shinjo Ito’s passion for photography alive and vibrant for generations to come.


 
Untitled
Silver gelatin print
Date unknown

Untitled
Silver gelatin print
Ca. 1935

Untitled
Silver gelatin print
Ca. 1935

     

 
Untitled
Silver gelatin print
Date unknown

 
Light in the Morning
Silver gelatin print
1935

 
Untitled
Silver gelatin print
Date unknown
     

 
Untitled
Silver Gelatin Print
Ca. 1940

 
Return Trip
Silver gelatin print
1939

 
Shinjo Ito (LHS)
Photography Taken 1940’s
     

 
Untitled
Silver gelatin print
1939

 
Shinjo Ito as a young man
Date unknown
 
     

Artwork of Shinjo Ito

Visit the Art Gallery to explore the artworks of the 20th Century Buddhist Master, Shinjo Ito.

Special Feature

Our special feature this month is a video set detailing the Vision and Art of Shinjo Ito Exhibition in the Movie Room.

Future Events

Over the coming months we will be bringing several new features to the Shinjo Ito Center including a Calligraphy Room & Lecture Hall.

The Library

Visit the Library and explore some of the writings of Shinjo Ito

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