Photo-Times[1] (フォトタイムス, Foto taimusu) was a Japanese monthly photographic magazine that lasted from 1924 until 1940.

Photo-Times was ostensibly published by "Photo Times–sha", which was in fact the publicity division of the film maker Oriental Shashin Kōgyō. Its first issue is dated March 1924. The magazine showed an unusual degree of interest in new aesthetic and photographic ideas from the west, especially from around 1938.

The last issue was dated December 1940; it was thereupon combined with Camera Art to create the new magazine Hōdō Shashin.


  1. This roman-letter title appears on the front cover of the May 1938 issue, as shown by Shirayama in "Nihon no shashin/kamera zasshi".

Sources and further reading[]

In English:

In Japanese:

  • 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. 39.
  • 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. 7.