About PGI

An encounter between Ansel Adams, a great American photographer, and Yasuhiko Sata led to the opening of Photo Gallery International in Toranomon, Tokyo in 1979. The gallery is a pioneer of Japanese commercial galleries specializing in photographic art. In 1995, a satellite gallery, “P.G.I. Shibaura”, was opened and the original Toranomon gallery was assimilated into the Shibaura gallery in 2000. In 2015, the gallery moved into the present locale in Higashi Azabu under a new name “PGI”.


Since its start, the gallery has acquainted Japanese art lovers with the works of the West Coast photographers such as Ansel Adams and Edward Weston. In addition, the gallery has featured many other great photographers from the U.S. and beyond, including Harry Callahan, Robert Adams, Josef Sudek and Emmet Gowin, just to name a few.


PGI also has worked with Japanese masters representing post-war photography in Japan that include Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Kikuji Kawada, Ikko Narahara and Eikoh Hosoe. We also take pride in partnership with up-and-coming artists such as Kozo Miyoshi, Michiko Kon and Yoshihiko Ito from early on in their careers.


Since 2003, passionate to discover young new talents, we have welcomed Shintaro Sato, Yuji Hamada, Takashi Arai and many others.


As one of the handful of Japanese members of AIPAD (Association of International Photography Art Dealers) for many years, we exhibit excellent works by Japanese photographers at the AIPAD PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW to introduce Japanese photography to collectors, art museums and universities abroad.