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Camera Art (カメラアート, Kamera Āto) was a monthly Japanese photographic magazine that ran from 1935 until 1940.

The first issue of Camera Art was that of April 1935. It was published by Camera Art–sha (カメラアート社), set up for the purpose by the magazine's editor, Katsuta Yasuo (勝田康雄), who had previously worked for Photo-Times and Ars Camera. Katsuta devoted a generous amount of the magazine to amateur work, from the February 1937 issue concentrating on one amateur per month, the first being Kuwabara Kineo (桑原甲子雄).

After its December 1940 issue, Camera Art was merged with Photo-Times to create Hōdō Shashin.

Lumy products

The publisher Camera Art–sha distributed a few accessories under the Lumy brand:

  • Lumy rangefinder (sold for ¥1.60 in 1940, including leather pouch), working by gravity, made by the same company as the Hi-Foc sold on the British market[1]
  • Lumy Box light-tight casing (sold for ¥6.50 in 1940), to protect plates and papers from splashes in the darkroom, made by the same company as the similar Lock-Sharp sold on the US market[2]


  1. Column in Asahi Camera April 1940, p.706. The name "Hi-Foc" is inferred from the katakana ハイ・フオーク.
  2. Column in Asahi Camera April 1940, pp.706–7.

Sources and further reading

  • Asahi Camera. "Atarashii kikai to zairyō" (新しい機械と材料, New equipment and materials), April 1940, pp.705–7.
  • 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.381.
  • 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.40.
  • 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.10.