For nearly 40 years, Nikon Salon has contributed to the spread of photographic culture by offering a free exhibition space to aspiring artists.
It started in January 1968, when Nikon Salon was first established in Ginza to celebrate Nikon's 50th anniversary. Since the very first exhibition "Eyes of Ihei Kimura," Nikon Salon has provided unique opportunities for both professional and amateur photographers by sponsoring their lectures and hosting their exhibitions. These opportunities expanded with the opening of Shinjuku Nikon Salon in June 1971. Osaka Nikon Salon followed in March 1974. The goal was to pursue the true meaning of photography: the expression of ideas. This meant breaking the barrier between professional and amateur photographers and viewing their work as art, not business strategy. The applications are still open to everyone. Photographers of every style and level of experience are welcome at Nikon Salon. We look forward to viewing your work.
Varied Perspectives: The Nikon Salon Galleries
Nikon Salon is open to all creative contributions, but the opportunities don't stop there. The Nikon Salon bis gallery holds group exhibitions by members of the Nikkor Club and its branch offices, as well as other photographic organizations, schools and clubs. For aspiring young photographers, there is also Nikon Salon Juna21, where exhibitors must be under 35 years old.
Beyond the Image: Nikon Salon lectures and seminars
A deep understanding of photographic culture means more than images or the skills and equipment creating them. Nikon believes that the concepts and social issues behind the images are just as important. That's why many of Nikon Salon's exhibitors and guests hold seminars to further articulate their ideas. The "Gallery Talk" and "Portfolio Review" events at Juna21 allow its young exhibitors a chance to explain their work, as well as hear comments and advice from members of Selection Committee of Nikon Salon.
The Winning Image: Nikon Salon's Annual Ina Nobuo Award and Miki Jun Award
Nikon believes in rewarding contributions to photographic society. Therefore, the Ina Nobuo Award is given once yearly to one Nikon Salon exhibitor, while one Miki Jun Award and several Inspiration Awards are offered to Juna21 exhibitors whose works are deemed the most creative and remarkable of the year.