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|Cover of the October 1951 issue of Camera Fan. (Image rights)|
Camera Fan (カメラファン, kamera fan) was a monthly photographic magazine published in Tokyo by Evening Star (イブニングスター社). The first issue was that of October 1950, and it continued at least until its 34th issue, in October 1952.
The January 1951 issue, for example, has CAMERA FAN in roman letters on the front as a subtitle, and on the back explains that it is THE CAMERA FAN, published by the Evening Star Publishing Co., Ltd. A slogan on the front tells the reader that it is the photographic magazine of a million people (百萬人の寫眞雑誌, hyakuman-nin no shashin-zasshi). There's a girl in a kimono and an elaborate hairstyle (appropriate for New Year festivities) on the cover, which also informs us that this comes with a supplement about all domestic-made cameras (sadly missing from the copy examined). The price is ¥85. The magazine has about fifty pages, slim by compared with magazines such as Asahi Camera (even in those lean times), most of which are printed on pulp but also including a section of photogravure on more glossy paper. The material concentrates on pictures of babies, the family, and landscapes: certainly there is nothing very adventurous here, but the material is competent enough, and includes a portrait of the novelist Uno Chiyo (宇野千代), a couple of photographs by Hamaya Hiroshi (浜谷浩), and a contest among readers' photographs judged and with comments by the ubiquitous Kimura Ihee (木村伊兵衛).