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Kiyoshi Koishi and the Avant-garde photographers
Photographers of Japan #15

#15 in the Photographers of Japan series, dedicated to Kiyoshi Koishi and the Avant-garde photographers

Kiyoshi Koishi (1908 – 1957) was one of the most prominent Japanese photographers in the first half of the 20th century. In 1933 he published the monograph Shoka Shinkei (初夏神経, “Early Summer Nerves”), one of the most important works for Japanese modernist photography (Shinkō Shashin, 新興写真). In this work, he used many photographic techniques such as photomontage and photograms and succeeded in creating surrealistic images.

From 1938, he worked for the Japanese government in the magazine Shashin Shūhō (写真週報, “Photo Weekly”). And he became a war photographer of the  Second Sino-Japanese War. 

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Iwata Nakayama
Photographers of Japan #7

#7 in the Photographers of Japan series, dedicated to Iwata Nakayama (1895–1949).

Iwata Nakayama (1895–1949) was a pioneer of Japanese avant-garde photography. For a period he set up his own studio in New York before moving to Paris where he came to know Man Ray and László Moholy-Nagy. He returned to Japan in 1927 and began to work as a professional photographer in Kobe. He founded Ashiya Camera Club in 1930 with Hanaya Kanbei and other photographers in the Kobe area. In 1932, he, Yasuzō Nojima and Nobuo Ina published their monthly magazine Kōga (光画). This magazine was a critical turning point of Japanese artistic photography. From 1930 to 1942 the members of the ACC were some of the most influential modernist photographers in Japan practicing radical design concepts they labeled “Shinko Shashin” or new photography movement.

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Takayama Masataka and the Pictorialists of the Taisho Era
Photographers of Japan #5


#5 in the Photographers of Japan series, dedicated to Takayama Masataka and the Pictorialists of the Taisho Era.

Masataka Takayama (高山 正隆, Takayama Masataka; 15 May 1895 – 14 April 1981) was one of the most prominent Japanese photographers in the first half of the twentieth century.
As an amateur photographer in Tokyo, he published many of his works in the magazine Geijutsu Shashin Kenkyū (芸術写真研究), beginning in the 1920s. He remained an active photographer even after World War II. He was talented at pictorialist (art) photography and took many photographs using a soft focus lens and deformation and “wipe-out” techniques. Takayama usually used a “vest-pocket” Kodak camera (a very compact folding model taking 127 film) with a single-element lens (a tangyoku lens in Japanese). These cameras (and Japanese derivatives such as the Rokuoh-sha Pearlette and Minolta Vest) were popular in Japan at the time for snapshot use, and called ves-tan (ベス単, in Japanese pronunciation besutan) cameras; “ves” coming from “vest” and “tan” from tangyoku. Takayama’s works are thus said to belong to the “ves-tan” (besutan) school.
Extremely active during an important and often largely ignored period of Japanese photography – that of the Taisho Era, during the reign of Emperor Taisho (1912-26). The era is considered the time of the liberal movement known as the “Taisho democracy” in Japan; it is usually distinguished from the preceding chaotic Meiji period, which gave birth to Modern Japan, and the following militarism-driven first part of the Shōwa period. The Taisho era was considered Japan’s “Jazz Age” and saw the peak of the pictorialists movement and art photography.
This book in the great Photographers of Japan series looks at not only the work of Takayama Masataka, but of the leading Pictorialists of the Taisho Era.

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Nojima Yasuzo
Photographers of Japan #4


#4 in the Photographers of Japan series, dedicated to Nojima Yasuzo.

Yasuzo Nojima (1889 – 1964) is well known for his contributions to both Japanese and world photography as an artist and publisher.  He was instrumental in raising photography’s status as a fine art in Japan in the 1930s, his work ranging from kaiga shugi shashin (pictorial photography) to shinkō shashin (new/straight photography) of the early twentieth century.
Nojima’s earliest works were gum-dichromate prints characterized by a density and heaviness echoing that of pictorialism, based in his subtle sensitivity.  In the 1930s, his style takes a drastic turn under the influence of new trends in German photography, shifting toward daringly cropped gelatin silver prints in pursuit of a form of expression that is unique to the medium.  The photography magazine Kōga (Light Pictures; 1932–33), which he co-founded with fellow photographers Nakayama Iwata (1895–1949) and Kimura Ihei (1901–1974), was principally funded by Nojima and played an extremely important role in the subsequent development of shinkō shashin by introducing theories and a new photographic aesthetic to Japan, one that concentrated on the technical and aesthetic qualities of photography in its own right rather than as an imitation of paintings, providing a much-needed outlet for a younger generation of photographers.
Nojima’s later still lifes and nudes, though still soft, were striking in their simple and direct forms. He is particularly well known for his unidealized nudes of “ordinary” Japanese women executed in both pictorialist and modernist styles.

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