Camera Mainichi (カメラ毎日, Kamera mainichi) is a Japanese monthly magazine of photography that started with a June 1954 issue and ceased publication with an issue dated April 1985.

As in most mass-market photography magazines, much of the editorial content of Camera Mainichi was devoted to news and reviews of cameras, lenses, and other equipment. But from the start it found space for first-rate and unconventional photography, and especially during the period 1963–78 when it was edited by Yamagishi Shōji it seemed more adventurous than its major rivals (Asahi Camera and Nippon Camera, which both survived it). After Yamagishi left, it devoted more space to fashion and mildly erotic photography.

The magazine also published the results of two photo contests sponsored by Mainichi Shinbun-sha: the Mainichi photography award (1955–8) and the Domon Ken Award (from 1982).

Although mainichi literally means "daily", the magazine was instead named after its publisher, Mainichi Shinbunsha (best known for its daily newspaper Mainichi Shinbun and also the publisher of Sunday Mainichi).

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In Japanese:

  • Camera Mainichi in Japanese-language Wikipedia
  • GJ Photobooks. Notes, on Camera Mainichi and Yamagishi Shōji among others.
  • 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.
  • 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. 16.

This article is based on the 4 November 2006 version of "Camera Mainichi" within English-language Wikipedia