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Asahi Shimbum, the publishers of the Japans oldest photography magazine Asahi Camera which started publication in 1926 have announced that it will cease with the July 2020 issue. A reduction in advertising caused by COVID-19 and economic factors are cited as the reasons for the closure.
Since its launch in April 1926 the monthly Asahi Camera has been Japan's most important camera magazine. In addition to introducing information on cameras and the works of leading photographers active in Japan and overseas. It has also held photography contests and other public events.
The magazine has provided an important insight in to Japanese photography and its demise marks a sad day for Japanese photographers.
The Ihei Kimura Photo Award will continue to be co-sponsored by Asahi Shimbun and Asahi Shimbun Publishing.
Read more about the magazine here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asahi_Camera
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