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Japanese Photography in 1930s

Rare 1988 catalogue of exhibition “Japanese Photography in 1930s”, Sep. 10 – Oct. 30, 1988 at the Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura.

Lavishly illustrated (just under 350 colour and black and white photo reproductions) catalogue surveying the incredible and diverse modern and avant-garde photographic work to come out of Japan during the 1930s (and early 1940s), including the work of Jun Watanabe, Ei-Q, Manshichi Sakamoto, Iwata Nakayama, Kiyoshi Koishi, Masaki Yamaguchi, Hiroshi Hamaya, Shoji Ueda, Hisashi Hisano, Wataru Takahashi, Keiichiro Goto, Kansuke Yamamoto, Tsugio Tajima, Minoru Sakata, Koro Honjo, Sutezo Otono, Kametaro Kawasaki, Bizan Ueda, Nakaji Yasui, Yoshio Tarui, Toshinobu Yano, Kiyoshi Koishi, Kiyoshi Nishiyama, Ori Umesaka, Roso Fukuhara, Shinzo Fukuhara, Yasuzo Nojima, Mitsugi Arima…
A very valuable volume for anyone interested in modern photography.
Comes with printed ad for exhibition inserted.

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Shinzo Fukuhara and Roso Fukuhara
Photographers Of Japan #3

#3 in the Photographers of Japan series, dedicated to Shinzō Fukuhara (1883–1948) and Rosō Fukuhara (1892–1946).

Often called the father of Japanese modern photography, Shinzo Fukuhara– a traveler, a businessman, an aesthete, a theorist, is an author of nostalgic, melancholy pictures and considered a pioneer of Japanese art photography and a true renaissance man. Trained as a scientist and pharmacologist in Japan and the U.S. (Columbia University), he was the first CEO of Shiseido Company, Ltd and a pioneer in modern cosmetic marketing and design. In 1912 he traveled to Europe visiting England, Italy, Germany and France, where he settled in Paris. There he joined a group of young Japanese artists and while there took over 2000 photographs of the city (later published as “Paris et la Seine” in 1922). In 1923 Shinzo Fukuhara published his groundbreaking book “Hikari to Sono Kaicho” (Light with its Harmony) which proposed applying the Japanese aesthetic of haiku poetry to photography.
Shizo’s contributions to creating and promoting photography as an art form cannot be overstated. In 1921 he and his brother Roso Fukuhara established the Shashin Geijutsu-sha, a group of art photographers dedicated to pictorialism. This group mounted exhibitions at the prestigious Shiseido Gallery and published the journal Shashin Geijutsu. His brother Roso Fukuhara was also an accomplished photographer. Despite never having his photography published, he is considered a major contributor to the Japanese pictorialist photographic tradition with his strikingly modern approach, breaking from the past to create experimental photographic juxtapositions and printing methods. In 1924 Shinzo and Roso founded the Nihon Shashin-kai (Japan Photographic Society).
In his essay, “The History and Theory of Photography”, Kotaro Iizawa writing about the Fukuhara brothers wrote, “Even amid such exquisite settings as a vast field, tall mountains, or a city street, one must be in a place where the light is just right, or one does not have the material for a photograph.” These words, stated by Shinzo Fukuhara, keep alive the photos and the memories of the Fukuhara brothers even today.”

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The Founding and Development of Modern Photography in Japan


Wonderful first edition of this now very scarce Japanese photography book published in 1995 by Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan on the occasion of the major photography retrospective “The Founding and Development of Modern Photography in Japan”, held between 21 January-26 March 1995.
Fine historical photographic works by 76 Japanese artists are beautifully reproduced in this handsome edition, alongside reproductions of page-spreads from important modern Japanese photography publications such, complete list of exhibited works, and texts in English and Japanese, including “Consciousness and Expression of the Modern”; “The Modern in Lyricism”; “Photographs as Modern Forms of Expression”; “In Search of a New Image of the Photographer”.

Artists included:
Isshū Nagata, Koshiro Onchi, Manshichi Sakamoto, Iwata Nakayama, Kiyoshi Koishi, Jun Watanabe, Ei-Q, Masaki Yamaguchi, Hiroshi Hamaya, Shoji Ueda, Hisashi Hisano, Wataru Takahashi, Keiichiro Goto, Kansuke Yamamoto, Tsugio Tajima, Minoru Sakata, Koro Honjo, Sutezo Otono, Kametaro Kawasaki, Bizan Ueda, Nakaji Yasui, Yoshio Tarui, Toshinobu Yano, Kiyoshi Koishi, Kiyoshi Nishiyama, Ori Umesaka, Shinzo Fukuhara,Roso Fukuhara, Yasuzo Nojima, Mitsugi Arima, and many more.

Foreward:
“… With the Meiji Restoration, Japan began its march towards modernization. As part of that process, photography, which had reached Japan in the waning days of the Edo period, spread throughout society. The Taisho era saw the rise of Taisho Democracy, with its respect for the individual as a human being. Paralleling that movement, photography became a popular medium closely involved in the lives of ordinary people, thanks to technical advances that made photography simpler and more accessible. By the start of the Showa period, the modernization of Japan was an accomplished fact, and photography was no longer simply another means of expression; through modernization it acquired social qualities. Japan, however, was on the path to war, a tragedy arising from the strains of modernization, and the collapse of everything that had been built up over the previous decades became unavoidable. Photography, as an art that had developed in the process of building a modern society, underwent a metamorphosis as the times overtook art.  This exhibition takes the view that the history of modern photography is part of the history of modern Japan, and is an attempt to provide a thought-provoking retrospective of modern photography while posing the question, “What is the modern?””
January, 1993, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography

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The World of Shinzo Fukuhara
Poetics of Light


A fine first printing example of this heavily illustrated Shinzo Fukuhara book published to commemorate the Shiseido Gallery 75 year anniversary with the major photographic exhibition “The World of Shinzo Fukuhara – Poetics of Light” in 1994. Texts in English and Japanese by Yoshiharu Fukuhara, Yuri Mitsuda, and more.

Often called the father of Japanese modern photography, Shinzo Fukuhara – a traveler, a businessman, an aesthete, a theorist, is an author of nostalgic, melancholy pictures and considered a pioneer of Japanese art photography and a true renaissance man. Trained as a scientist and pharmacologist in Japan and the U.S. (Columbia University), he was the first CEO of Shiseido Company, Ltd and a pioneer in modern cosmetic marketing and design. In 1912 he traveled to Europe visiting England, Italy, Germany and France, where he settled in Paris. There he joined a group of young Japanese artists and while there took over 2000 photographs of the city (later published as “Paris et la Seine” in 1922). In 1923 Shinzo Fukuhara published his groundbreaking book “Hikari to Sono Kaicho” (Light with its Harmony) which proposed applying the Japanese aesthetic of haiku poetry to photography.
Shizo’s contributions to creating and promoting photography as an art form cannot be overstated. In 1921 he and his brother Roso Fukuhara established the Shashin Geijutsu-sha, a group of art photographers dedicated to pictorialism. This group mounted exhibitions at the prestigious Shiseido Gallery and published the journal Shashin Geijutsu. In 1924 Shinzo and Roso founded the Nihon Shashin-kai (Japan Photographic Society).

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