In June, 1934 an advertisement appeared in Japan's Asahi Camera Magazine featuring a camera called the 'Kwanon'. The camera was a prototype built by a company called 'Seiki-Kogaku Kenkyusho' and was to be the first Japanese 35mm rangefinder camera in the world.
The camera was auspiciously named 'Kwanon' after the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy, 'Kwannon', and the lens was named 'Kasyapa' after one of Buddha's disciples, 'Mahakasyapa'. Unfortunately the camera was never developed and released to the public. The company, operating out of a room in Roppongi at the time, eventually went on to become the powerhouse company that you know as Canon Camera.
This tee is a a tribute to the real OG Canon and that initial dream & vision they had. Featuring the actual logo which was engraved on the top plate of the camera...the thousand-armed goddess, Kwannon. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
♨️Drops tomorrow at the #MelbourneArtBookFair at The National Gallery of Victoria. Open 10am ♨️