Hayashi Studios


    Who is missing in our history? Hayashi Studio investigates the hidden history of BC, as documented by Japanese photographer, Senjiro Hayashi. Hayashi’s lens photographed every creed, class and colour, his work gives us a glimpse into our diverse past

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    Hayashi Studios

    • British-Columbia
    • Length: 25:15
    • Director: Hayley Gray
    • Genre: Documentary
    • Topics: Arts
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    The hidden history of Cumberland, British Columbia as documented by a Japanese photographer at the turn of the century.

    Genre: Documentary
    Target Audience: Adults
    Target Length: 20 minutes
    Budget: $50,000

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    Hayley Gray ,  British-Columbia


    In Hayashi Studio we follow the diverse lives that came to a small town on Vancouver Island in the 1900's and Senjiro Hayashi the Japanese photographer who took their photos. The photographer Senjiro Hayashi used his lens to document every race, class, gender and age in Cumberland. During internment many of his photos disappear, some hidden in family attics, others used to make a greenhouse. Almost a century later Grace Eiko Thomson worked with the Cumberland Archives and Nikkei Centre to find these photos and create an exhibition of them and other Japanese Photographers of the time. In our documentary we will meet Grace and uncover her journey, Doug Aoki who's grandparents, father and uncles were photographed by Hayashi, and uncover this under and unknown history of British Columbia.


    Facebook Page
    The website of our Silver Gelatin Photographer Kevin Harding
    Many of the Hayashi Photo's can be found here
    We are working with the Nikkei Centre to research the photos

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