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Cumberland Museum and Archives – Hayashi Studio

Last winter through June, I helped at the Cumberland Museum and Archives on a database migration project. Each time I would go in for my volunteer shift, I looked forward to taking breaks and examining the black and white portraits on display. Their composition and lighting were perfect. Their subjects, distinctly diverse, were focused yet relaxed. These Cumberland photographers from so long ago who excelled at portraiture were part of the Japanese photo studio Hayashi Studio. A short film has been released about the studio, their critical work, and the history they documented.

From the Cumberland Museum and Archives’ Facebook page:
The Cumberland Museum and Archives is proud to promote this new video and the team behind it, Scopitone Films. The film looks at Cumberland’s Japanese Canadian history and the former photography studio located on the top floor of Cumberland’s first brick building, where Riders Pizza now stands.

The photographs taken at the Hayashi Studio were used as part of a Touring exhibit presented by the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre. The exhibit featured eighty photographs from Cumberland, New Westminster and Vancouver representing almost 50 years of BC history through the eyes of Japanese Canadians.

The book — Shashin: Japanese Canadian Photography to 1942 — catalogued and accompanied the exhibit.
Come visit the museum to see photographs from the Hayashi collection, pick up your copy of the book Shashin,…”

Watch the film Hayashi Studio


Daniel Seßler